Watch your tone, young lady!
I heard that a lot growing up. I had a bit of a smart mouth (easy on the “had”), and I was always getting in trouble for my “tone”.
Tone in writing – tone is the attitude of the writer towards the subject – blah blah blah … cue the teacher’s voice from Peanuts!
Here’s what tone means in writing –
What does the writer think about the subject? Does the writer think that something is humorous, sad, mysterious?
Tone shapes and colors how we feel about something. Tone is the way the writer’s feelings are expressed.
“All morons hate it when you call them morons.” — Holden Caulfied, Catcher in the Rye
Sarcastic, satirical, a coming of age story where the protagonist is alone in the world. The tone of Holden’s words give us a distinct impression of Salinger’s thoughts on this issue.
Tone is what gives us different interpretations of the phrase “Thanks for helping.” Depending on the story surrounding that phrase, it could be sincere. It could be sarcastic.
What tone do you find you are drawn to as a reader and as a writer?