After a bunch of feedback and some serious deliberation, I've decided to change my novel draft from third person/past tense to first person/present tense. I'm doing this for a bunch of reasons and despite some arguments against it. The biggest factor is, the story is "about" battling ignorance using incomplete or wrong information. That shows up as bureaucracy, hiding conspiracies and espionage underneath, but to lock every sentence into such a limited perspective makes that even more pervasive.

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I bring that up because as I go through, switching to first person, and replace this POV's character name with "I" and "me," I notice how strongly the proportion of one or the other reflects how active the character is being in that scene. Pretty basic, but it's an opportunity to see something generally innate to the nature of the prose reduced to strictly numerical terms.

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