Continuing the journey of discovering what comes naturally to you and harnessing that.
Story focusing on one consistent tone
Pick a book from your bookshelf. Read the first page. You should be able to tell what kind of tone the entire book is going to have, from that first page. Is it going to be spooky? Is it going to be funny? Is it going to be poetic and lyrical?
Look back at your stories from this month and see which tone comes most naturally to you. It may not be the one you expect. A lot of people think they’re going to write “serious” fiction and find out that instead, they’re hilarious. And sometimes it works in reverse, too.
Pick the tone that came most naturally, even if it surprised you. Consciously write a story today using that tone.
Don’t forget to give us a character to root for, an interesting setting, and a problem that conflicts with the character’s deepest desires.
Don’t forget to finish!
Leave a comment to tell us what you discovered about your best tone. Or, ask for help if you need figure if you need help figuring this out.