- The first thing to do is to start with a phrase. A propositional phrase allows us to know where the subject of the sentence is in time or space.
- The clauses need to be swapped.
- Unnecessary actions should be cut out.
- I thought of avoiding filter phrases.
You realize you have started nearly every sentence with the pronoun I when you read back your first-person narrative.
A propositional phrase shows us where the subject of the sentence is in time or space. Adding them to the start of a sentence is easy.
After breakfast, I got dressed in my finest dinosaur costume and headed to work. A shopping-list style of sentences begins with ‘I’ if you list out all the actions the character takes.
When emphasis is put on the person or thing that experiences the action instead of the person or thing driving the action, a sentence becomes passive. Even if some writing advice recommends avoiding the passive voice, there is nothing inherently wrong with it.
If you find that removing filter phrases from your sentences makes your writing a bit confusing, this might be important. They should consider what kind of things make up their subjective experience instead of describing their actions.
I follow her as she bounces her hair past her shoulders. I hear a bunch of “Heys” as people launch into their own versions of Nae-Nae, followed by a call out from a rapper.
We end up with something like this, if we remove many of the filter words and dive deeper into the character’s viewpoint. Music and a haze linger over the room.
A group of people launch into their own versions of Nae-Nae after a rapper calls out everybody. I will be amazed if I cross the room without spilling my drink because of the headaches from the loud-ass music and the nausea from the weed odor.
If you find that too many of your sentences start with “I”, there are ways to change them, but if it seems like a deep-rooted issue, try to dive deeper into your character.
What can I say instead of I?
- I am also for one.
- Yours truly, yourself.
- It’s me personally.
- For myself and ourself.
- The author is self.
It is a chemical element with symbol I and atomic number 53. I didn’t see her with my mug in her hand because I thought she knew it was mine.
How do I stop saying I in writing?
General rules are followed. You can use the third person’s point of view. Don’t refer to yourself in academic writing as “I” or “my” The reader should not be referred to as “you” in the second-person point of view. Write about your subject matter in the third person.
How do I stop using i when writing?
Push it down in some sentences instead of starting it with me. You should avoid the pattern of I as the first word.