I was just writing a historical overview of a battle and decided I'd write the introduction in the present tense--the present tense being a narration of a specific event during the war. I just realized though that in the last sentence, I shifted the to how the events are perceived today.
So instead of the present tense consistently being about how the event occurred, it shifts to how those events are perceived today at the end of the paragraph.
I've fiddled around with the passage a bit, but I'm still not sure how to write it.
Is it better to stick to one tense from one perspective? How do I go about that? Do I write it as:
- This incident would go on to ____ OR
- This incident has since __
Does the option 1. fix the issue (since the perspective remains unchanged)? To me it seems that it looks to the future from the perspective of the event whereas option 2. shifts to things as they are now and looks back from there.