So I was fiddling around with a small section of my WIP today and enjoying "listening" to the difference between two versions, based on verb tense.
Here's the version I wrote first (and which I like best - and which came out naturally):
And so it began. Owen and Travis and Stumpy and Viola maneuvering the submarine down to the pond. Owen and Stumpy pulling on the ropes. Travis and Viola scrambling to the rear of the submarine to pull out a pipe and carry it back around to the front. Inch by inch... ...foot by foot... ...yard by yard... ...they rolled the Water Wonder 4000 closer and closer to Graham Pond.
Now, I don't know what the heck you call those words, "maneuvering", "pulling", and "scrambling."
Present progressive pluperfect gerundian participlized verbs?
But then, for the heck of it, I decided to try the same thing but change the verb form to past tense.
So that I had:
And so it began. Owen and Travis and Stumpy and Viola maneuvered the submarine down to the pond. Owen and Stumpy pulled on the ropes. Travis and Viola scrambled to the rear of the submarine, etc.
But it doesn't sound as good to me.
It sort of loses the "drama" of the moment or something.
Or maybe it's just me.
But I find it so interesting how word choice affects mood.