I know that a good way of enriching your writing is to include a range of emotions, obviously following a flow, and making sure it makes sense overall, not just cycling through them just to check them off a list. But another important thing is to have a consistent and cohesive tone/mood/atmosphere. (I'm not sure what specifically would be the best word here, but one of them.)

The overall feel I'm going for is quiet, introspective and almost bittersweet. How can I make sure my writing is consistent without feeling too same-y?

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    Maybe you could consider the overall tone as a baseline that things return to. So you could have highs and lows, outburst of humor or anger, but always returning back to the bittersweet baseline.
    – user54131
    Aug 30, 2022 at 3:46
  • tone is fixed in the 2nd and 3rd draft rewrites.
    – wetcircuit
    Aug 30, 2022 at 12:24

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You want the mood to color the story and set the tonality. Comic relief in tragedy and tragic relief in comedy are swings within the scope of the mood. Hamlet has the prince hearing the jests of a gravedigger about the staying powers of corpses, for instance. As You Like It has Orlando gravely wounded saving his brother but offstage and recovering swiftly.

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