I was wondering if any of you have ever written something using only one tense. I am looking to write a short story using the past tense only/ or the present tense only. He woke up in the morning and looked at his watch. It was bright outside. He was late. (and thought he was running late.) I have to avoid the verb to think He did not sleep very well because the neighbours downstairs had a party till dawn. He tossed and turned in his bed whilst the music downstairs pounced a steady beating sound all night long. (He could hear laughter and voices?) or He heard laughter and voices all night. Doors opened and closed. Door bell rang up to midnight. the verb could signal the conditional right? In this paragraph I could only use short sentences to avoid using the past continous.