Voice in Creative Writing

Voice in Creative Writing

In creative writing, the term “voice” has two different meanings. First, it is the style of the author, the quality that does not only makes his/her writing unique but also conveys the author’s personality, attitude, and character. Second, a voice is the thought patterns and characteristic speech of the narrator of a work of fiction. Voice is what enables the reader to hear the writing. Voice can also be said to be the spirit or breath that animates the writing.
Your choice of words, choice of content, tone, and punctuation make up the authorial voice. The voice of the author is usually fairly consistent, especially in third person narratives. Consequently, it is usually possible to recognize or identify the author just by reading a part of his or her work.
Every person has his/her way of putting together ideas, words, and phrases. These elements make up the “voice” of a person. Some people are funny; others are pompous, authoritative, warm, chatty, or combine various qualities to make up a distinct complex personality.
Whether you are writing a short story, flash fiction, novel or a blog post, finding a voice can be a struggle. Your voice should be uniquely your own. It should make your work pop and readers recognize the familiarity. Even if you borrow a sense of style from another author, your voice should be authentic.

References
https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-voice-in-fiction-writing-1277142
http://paulettealden.com/articles/voice-lessons-2/
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/voice-in-writing-developing-a-unique-writing-voice

Tone in Creative Writing

Tone in Creative Writing

Tone is the attitude of the fiction writers toward the readers and their subject. The tone of the write creates a mood or atmosphere for the story. The tone can be condescending, sarcastic, zealous, passionate, satirical, humorous, and so on. The writer’s tone can be anything the writer’s picks. In children literature, for instance, humor is an important tone.
The writers’ choice of diction often reveals their tone. The tone is mainly expressed by word connotation. For instance, some expressions might be interpreted as vulgar. Other expressions can be interpreted as sarcasm.
The tone is also about writer’s effect on the reader. What mood does the story create in the reader’s mind? The tone of a story may be optimistic, pessimistic, informal, formal, threatening, sad, humorous, serious, and joyful.
In formal writing, the tone should be concise, clear, courteous, and confident. In creative writing, the tone is more subjective. However, the writer should always aim to communicate clearly. Sometimes, genre determines the tone.
The tone in writing is not any different than your voice tone. You know that sometimes it is “how” you say it and not “what” you say. Every adverb and adjective you use, the imagery you use, and your sentence structure will show your tone.
The tone may remain the same throughout the story or can change very quickly.
References
http://www.wheaton.edu/Academics/Services/Writing-Center/Writing-Resources/Style-Diction-Tone-and-Voice
http://mrsvanderhoff.weebly.com/tone.html
https://writerswrite.co.za/155-words-to-describe-an-authors-tone/