Before, I thought that unity in writing refers only to unity of pronoun ( are you going to write in the first person, as a participant, or in the third person, as an observer?). I thought it was just about unity of tense ( are you going to use past tense, present tense, etc.) but it is also about unity of mood.
Mood in writing is deciding which tone you will use ( formal or informal). Unity of mood is also about your approach to your reader. This means controlling your writing lest you write like a reporter at first, then become like a travel brochure in the next paragraph and end like a guidebook.
Here are tips from the author of the book ” On writing well”:
Ask yourself some basic questions beore you start.
1. Are you going to write like a reporter? provider of information? average man or woman?
2. What pronoun and tense am I going to use?
3. What style? Impersonal reportorial, personal but informal? Personal and casual?
4. What attitude am I going to take towards the material? Involved? Detached? Judgemental? Ironic? Amused?
5.How much do I want to cover? What one point do I want to make?
I only learned about this now that I am graduate in college. Funny but there are basic things you don’t learn in school . I realized everyone can write but not everyone can write well.
Could it be that a good writer makes a good speaker also?