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It's generally considered more difficult. It has the advantage of possibly feeling more immersive, but at the same time can feel more contrived if not done exceptionally well.

"Jane looked into the boys eyes with a smile." seems to flow to the reader. In our minds, we don't particularly read it as "PAST TENSE" as if this is all some recount of stuff that already happened. In our minds, it's an ongoing situation.

"Jane looks into the boys eyes with a smile." looks terribly contrived. It feels like somebody is shoving the fact that you are reading into your face. So for the present tense you need to work a bit harder. "Jane looks into the boys eyes with a smile, and..." -- when working with present tense, the reader feels like each sentence must serve some progressing purpose, else it feels contrived.

Again, though... If done well, present tense can make you feel immersed in the story. Similar to a story told in second-person, it feels like you are witnessing an ongoing event in-person, rather than seeing it as some kind of observer in third-.

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