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The annoying first person singular.how to delete it from one's own writing?

The annoying first person singular.how to delete it from one's own writing? Topic: How to write an reference
June 20, 2019 / By Maura
Question: Ever find that when responding to someone, you read your post over and find you've used "I" too many times? It is an annoying habit i'm trying to kick. It is just hard to phrase or explain things without self-reference....perhaps i am just not creative enough at verbiage. help!!
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Latisha Latisha | 8 days ago
You used the word "I" three times in your question. You also used "just" unnecessarily and you did not capitalize the "i" in "i'm", "i am" and the "h" in "help." You are very good at "verbiage": 1. overabundance or superfluidity of words; wordiness; verbosity. There is an old rule in creative and good writing skills called KISS. It means Keep It Simple Silly (or Stupid.) A person may substitute the word "I" with "one," "some people," "others" and many other words, e.g.: "Ever find that when responding to someone, you read your post over and find that you have used "I" too many times? It is an annoying habit "one" should try to stop. It is "difficult" to phrase or explain things without self-reference. Perhaps 'some people' are limited in their vocabulary, illiterate and not creative enough at correct and creative word useage. Help!" Note: The use of the word 'hard" is not as meaningful as "difficult. For example: "A rock is hard." "A situation may be difficult." And, (After my wife or girlfriend dumped me it got very hard for me." - A double entendre.)
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Latisha Originally Answered: The annoying first person singular.how to delete it from one's own writing?
You used the word "I" three times in your question. You also used "just" unnecessarily and you did not capitalize the "i" in "i'm", "i am" and the "h" in "help." You are very good at "verbiage": 1. overabundance or superfluidity of words; wordiness; verbosity. There is an old rule in creative and good writing skills called KISS. It means Keep It Simple Silly (or Stupid.) A person may substitute the word "I" with "one," "some people," "others" and many other words, e.g.: "Ever find that when responding to someone, you read your post over and find that you have used "I" too many times? It is an annoying habit "one" should try to stop. It is "difficult" to phrase or explain things without self-reference. Perhaps 'some people' are limited in their vocabulary, illiterate and not creative enough at correct and creative word useage. Help!" Note: The use of the word 'hard" is not as meaningful as "difficult. For example: "A rock is hard." "A situation may be difficult." And, (After my wife or girlfriend dumped me it got very hard for me." - A double entendre.)

Jessie Jessie
Yes, you would think that someone like me who does write sometimes for a living would not have this difficulty either. It happens. The more you focus on re-wording sentences in second and third person, the better you will become. You could go over almost all the questions answered by me and find at least one "I" instance in them. Good luck to you.
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Flurry Flurry
Condense, condense condense. You will be surprised at how many sentences can be taken out and hence the "I" Use the passive voice a lot. It does not need a person at all. Include others in your writing. Good luck
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Dandrenor Dandrenor
One of the most helpful tips given to me is to completely remove "I think" or "I feel" from your paper. Say you wrote a sentence like: "I feel that the trees look prettiest during sunset." The reader already knows that this is how you feel so simply shorten it to "The trees look prettiest during sunset." Another example: "I think the author is trying to describe his frustration in this passage" = "The author is trying to describe his frustration in this passage." Hope that helps.
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Bonduca Bonduca
If you're talking about yourself, it shouldn't be a problem. But you can also put yourself in someone else's place: You could think about their problem, and think about what they would do. Like that.
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Alanna Alanna
Try thinking up some other words to use. Lol. You just used again in your question. :) Funnay.
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Alanna Originally Answered: B&A: If a story is partially 3rd person & 1st person, would it be understandable?
It's an interesting idea, but it'd be odd if out of nowhere she's suddenly narrating. It's your story, but I would suggest presenting an explanation for it or clearly setting it apart in some way. For example, those parts could be from her diary. Or you could put the first person chapters in italics - like how thoughts are usually shown in novels in italics, except for your book it's entire chapters. I once read a book that did this in a very interesting way - every few chapters, or sometimes at the end of a chapter, it would switch to a typewriter-like font and first person. At the end, it was revealed that these sections in first person were audio recordings that the main character was making over the course of the story, to document his mission. EDIT: Hey, I didn't notice your picture before. NaNoWriMo winner? That's awesome! I always forget about it until it's already started, unfortunately. Hopefully not this year, though. xD

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