I have been working the “tone” used in my writing. I have been listening to everyday conversation and jotting down what I hear. When people are talking, I try to watch their body language, listen to their vocal inflections and their facial expressions. In my writing I want to clearly convey the tone of my characters. So, watching and noting the dialoge, action and reaction of others helps me with the tone. Setting your tone early in your writing determines the tone and sentence structure you will use throughout your story.
Tone comes in a wide range of attitudes. Tone can be humorous, sometimes sarcastic, flippant, silly or ironic. Complaints can be angry, bitter, sad cautious, polite or intense. These are some of the questions I ask myself when setting the tone:
1. Is it too silly?
2. Is it too dreary?
3. Will it engage my reader?
4. Does it flow?
5. Does it fit with my subject?
6. Are you refelecting the attitude you envision?
What are some of the questions you ask yourself when setting the tone?