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I know VOICE is always one of the major topics when it comes to writing, but I think we need to give more attention to TONE. It's how we define our characters, give them shape and bring them to life. Is your character sarcastic? His dialog, the way he reacts or thinks has to reflect that. If you break the tone of a piece it has the same effect as not carrying through with your voice. The problem with talking about TONE is that its not easy to pin it down and that's because not all of us perceive TONE (sarcasm for example) the same way. Still it's a factor in creating a story and I'd like more discussion about it. Do you have some good examples of TONE? How about examples of what happens when an author isn't consistent with it?
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