When writing about Daisy's and Gatsby's past, should I keep writing in the literary present or is it okay to write about them meeting in the past tense?  For example, Gatsby met Daisy five years...

When writing about Daisy's and Gatsby's past, should I keep writing in the literary present or is it okay to write about them meeting in the past tense? 

For example, Gatsby met Daisy five years ago when he was stationed in Louisville.  Or do I have to write that sentence in the present tense because of literary present?  Gatsby meets Daisy when he is stationed in Louisville.  I am confused.  The event happened in the past in the novel, so do you keep it in the past? 

Literary present is supposed to be used when writing about literature but what about past events?

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The best advice to be accurate with time and tense when describing events in a novel is to assume your audience knows nothing about the novel. So, you want to explain everything in order that your reader understands what happened, when it...

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