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3. Tone The tone of your work should be personal and friendly. Yes, informal style is recommended as opposed to formal and impersonal tone. Refer to yourself as “I”. Address your reader as “you”. Use “we” or “us” to refer to your reader and yourself.
So, use tone that you would use to speak to your friend. But do not be too informal or slangy. However, you should use appropriate tone for your characters -- formal, semi – formal, informal, colloquial and slang, depending on their educational background.
Also, avoid offensive languages such as racist overtones. Remember that you intend your work to be read by all nations, tribes, people, tongues and sexes. If then tone of your work is biased, you would lose readership.
4. Distance Suppose you walked to an uneducated criminal and told him that he was under cardiac arrest. What would he think? I guess he would think a crack team of police was after him. And run!
But if you told him he had heart disease, and you are a doctor; would he run? No. He would come closer to get cure. So it is with writing.
It is not language you use as a doctor in a seminar of College of Surgeons or as a scientist in a space ship full of astronomers, that you use when talking to common man. The tone of your language, therefore, dictates distance between you, and your reader.
If distance is far, your reader may feel you don’t consider him; and put your book away. But if distance is close, he will be happy to read on.
5.Figures of Speech Figures of speech or imagery should be used with care as they tend to be abstract. But when carefully used, they enhance beauty of your language.
You do not need to read a book of Figures of Speech to know them, because it is part of your daily expressions.
Let’s look at story of fight scene again to see if we can find some there: The police and a madman could not stop fight (irony), you were catapulted by a missile up bridge (humor), you followed a snake to river (hyperbole), and waited for Queen (climax).
If you, therefore, write way you speak, your peculiar language and style will be manifest.
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ARTHUR ZULU, The Most Controversial Writer in the World, is the author of the best – selling book, HOW TO WRITE A BEST-SELLER.