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A Writer's Voice - The Importance of Register and Tone

Posted by Brook on January 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Register in writing is the level of formality in the writer's voice.  The correct register will use text geared towards its audience's age and education.  In Harry Potter, there is a striking difference between the early books geared to a younger audience and the later ones geared to an older audience.  The level of language gets progressively more complicated. 

With well-placed words a writer's voice takes on a particular tone.  The tone can be sarcastic or sad, humourous or petulant.  In fact, you can make your voice sound any way you want.  How is this achieved?

"Tone, like persona, is unavoidable. You imply it in the words you select and in how you arrange them."

(Thomas S. Kane, The New Oxford Guide to Writing. Oxford Univ. Press, 1988)

JK Rowling used numerous voices, including the fun and carefree Weasley twins, the warm and honest Hagrid and the sinister Professor Snape...


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Categories: J.K. Rowling, Voice, Editing

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