My German-language reading and listening level is mid-B1, mywriting probably the same, and speaking some way behind that. I’ve just written a short story (about 300 words) but am unsure and insecure about use of the past tenses. There’s the “broad rule”, Ibelieve, that in speech one uses “bin gegangen” (etc.) and in writing, “ging” (etc.).Is that to say that when recounting events in a conversation (“ I flew to.....and on the flight met .... and then I checked into the XYZ Hotel”, etc. etc.)and then telling that same story in written form, the German tense changes? (I’maware of the need to use, normally, “war” and “hatte” and “wollte” and thecorresponding forms of other modal verbs in speech; that’s not part of theproblem.) Another point is that in English, it’s not just importantbut essential to make appropriate contrasts and distinctions between “had gone”/”went”/”was going” forms (e.g. “I'd just had a shower and while I was drinking tea, the phone rang”) but am not atall sure how German does this. I’ve heard that in German the use of past tensesis “looser” than in English. I’m sorry if my question is too long, but any pointers wouldbe appreciated. Thanks.