Setting the Tone
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Posted 3/27/14
What are some tips and tricks you use to set the tone of a story?
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Posted 3/28/14
I feel like if I put myself in the right mood before writing, everything just works out. So if I want it to be melancholy, I summon up those feelings, but if I want it to be light and breezy, it's different. Listening to the right music can help too.

Other things... playing around with verb tense. A story written in the present tense gets a sort of 'immediate' feel. Sentence length can change things too. If you write long convoluted sentences, you are basically giving the reader bigger ideas to digest, so they will read more slowly and the tone of the story will become more slow. If you use short sentences, you can speed up how fast the reader is moving through the narrative.

I don't really know off the top of my head. Writing is like breathing for me, so I have to work backwards to figure out the mechanics behind what I am doing. A good idea is to write something small with a specific tone in mind, then see if a reader gets the right feeling without being prompted. That way you know if your aim is good.
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You first build your characters. The universe they inhabit, and what's going on in it will follow once you enter their minds.
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Posted 3/29/14
Do whatever comes first.
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set up s character, give him/her a gun. tone is set.
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