Tone, minus the opinions

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"[The readers] will be the more readily persuaded the less you resort to emotive words, small injections of opinion, knowing winks and lopsided selection of details" (Cappon 55).


It is strange to analyze tone since it is something that comes naturally while writing.  Since tone does come naturally, it would be easy to include certain opinions through word choice without realizing their impact.  I guess in order to avoid this, several other people should proof the article to be sure it is not including opinionated hints.  Nobody wants to read an article with someone else's interjections, unless it is an opinion column.


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Dianna Griffin said:

I kind of blogged about this in an earlier chapter. It is difficult to write something without using your opinion. Remaining unbiased in any situation is one of the hardest things to do. I compared this to being a teacher. When you teach, you have to keep your opinion to yourself. However, isn't your opinion what makes you, you? I feel like a completely different person when I am forced to keep my opinion at bay.

Kaitlin Monier said:

Sometimes it seems like completely hiding your opinion or bias is impossible. And you're right, an opinion does influence who a person is and what their views are in one way or another. It is definitely difficult to keep our opinions out of the tone of our writing.

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