on The Creative Penn:
f you’re confused about the difference between tone and voice when it comes to your writing, Dana Sitar is here to explain and to share how they can both be used more skillfully.
You’ll often hear “tone” and “voice” used interchangeably to describe the way you write — but they aren’t the same.
They have distinct effects on your writing, and knowing the difference can help you understand how to write well for your audience.
Like with speaking, voice is something you take with you regardless of the context; your voice might be high, deep, soft, gruff or (sigh) shrill.
Your tone is what you adjust based on the message you want to share; maybe you’re angry, kind, soothing or demanding.