What are your views ousing "this" and "now" while writing in the past tense? For instance: Sam didn't feel like doing anything this afternoon. Some people will rage that in using "this" I've dropped into the present tense. I, personally, don't believe this to be the case, because I'm referring to the afternoon in which the story is set. How else is somebody supposed to refer to a specific afternoon or time period? Another example is something I've seen used before in a published novel (I don't remember it word for word) which went something like this: He had never believed that such a thing was possible, but now he realised how wrong he had been. Again, how would one refer to a life altering experience in a story that was happening to a character while still keeping every word strictly in the past tense?