All posts tagged voice

Does Your Reader Trust You?

There’s a famous photo of Lyndon B. Johnson sitting despondently, with his head in his hands after he learned that, in a rare moment of editorializing, the venerable CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite characterized the Vietnam War as all but lost. For nineteen tumultuous years, millions of Americans had tuned in every night to hear […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Unclear

What went well these past twelve months, and what could have gone better? I’m supposed to ask myself this every quarter—it’s in the plan!—but that part of the plan, two years running now, has fizzled. Still, it’s not too late: 1.  TIME On a good day, I can look up and be amazed that five […]

Watch that Tone of Voice, Missy!

What is tone? Tone of voice in writing, as in speaking, is not about what you say, but how you say it. If you were to tell a story in person, you would be able to call upon your gestures, facial expressions, and pitch of voice to put the mood across. If you were directing […]

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