Hello, I'm very much a beginner to the world of "actual" writing but have been a long-time dreamer. I've dipped in and out of writing a handful of times over the last couple of decades and it seems I'm at it again. I have a question about tense as it's something I've never really looked at seriously and, while typing away last night, I had a realisation that I might be doing something very wrong with my use of tense. So here's an example of a line that got me thinking: He lurched forward, pulling each boot from the mud with a wet slurp, and headed for more solid ground. Now, I'm pretty sure I'm intending to write in the past tense; hence "lurched" and "headed". But I guess my question is: Should I change the line so that I'm using "pulled" instead of "pulling"? Something like: He lurched forward and pulled each boot from the mud with a wet slurp, then headed for more solid ground. This particular line isn't really important, it's more the idea of how I seem to state what happened in the past tense and then follow up with a gerund and a little more detail. Does a gerund even have any bearing on tense? Or can it be used in the way I have in the first line without worry? edit: I've just realised this use of "Pulling" isn't actually a gerund.