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Posted by molly on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 10:14am.

I am just completely stuck and on the verge of giving up. My last day of school is today and if I dont hand in this essay I will fail no matter what. The essay is on the type of essay, voice and tone in the chapter toolbox of Stephen King's book, On Writing: A memoir of the craft. I just have no clue what else to write about, and tone and voice are extremely confusing.Please if you can help that would be amazing and I would be very appreciative.

This is what I have so far, and basically I just need to make it longer but I really am having trouble with what to write about for tone and voice.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King is a revealing book about the life of a writer, and how he became one. In the second section, “Toolbox”, King offers advice he has acquired along the way of his writing career. In “Toolbox” King gets personal and shares a memory from his childhood about his Uncle’s toolbox and its significance. He compares his Uncle’s toolbox to a figurative toolbox of knowledge that he helps fill with the basic tools of the writing trade.

“Toolbox” is an expository essay because it is a “how to” for writers and is instructional. King avoids being boring or dull like many manuals are. He is rather friendly and down to earth. King’s friendly and passionate persona are reflected in the essay “Toolbox” by his voice and tone.

For someone with so much knowledge and experience as Stephen King it can be tricky to give advice and not appear pretententious or pompous. But by breaking things down, using humor and avoiding “bull!@#$%^&” King’s advice and presence come off as sincere.

The textbook Literature for Composition eighth edition by Sylvan Barnet identifies expository essays, as opposed to meditative or argumentative, as providing information and to have an “equally clear organization” (pg 299). The chapter “Toolbox” meets both of these guidelines. The information and tools on writing are broken down to the essentials making it clear and unintimidating. The writing tools King provides in this chapter are about grammar, vocabulary, verbs, tense and form. His passion for writing is evident and contagious throughout the book. All these points are examples of how he effectively explains and inspires writing.

“Toolbox” isn’t an ordinary how to, King connects and engages his audience by being open. He effectively teaches by being relatable and unintimidating. By sharing stories and he conveys his persona as friendly. King starts out this chapter by introducing his favorite lyrics by John Prine. Prine sings about his grandpa being a carpenter who smoked camel cigarettes. The reason King likes theses lyrics is because he can relate and reminisce as his grandfather was a carpenter smoked camels. King then goes on to share a childhood memory in vivid detail. While telling this story he includes his childhood thoughts. For example “The lid held done by latches, to my child’s eye they looked like the latches on a lunchbox” (pg 104).

These are all examples of how he conveyed a friendly voice. An authors voice is usually distant when writing about instructions.

As if you personally know him, in his writing King is unguarded and honest. King shared his favorite lyrics touching, ??????? (relate his writing approach reality audience can relate, enjoyable memorable).
Conversational tone

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