In writing non-fiction, it’s good to put the I in. An article should not be a bunch of facts. How do you feel about the subject? How has it affected you? Let’s say you write a factual letter about classroom sizes and teacher’s salary. You provide provincial comparisons and quote experts on learning environments. All well and good. But people are interested in people. Why are you writing this article? Are you a teacher, not able to make ends meet on your salary? Do you see kids not learning because of a lack of resources? Tell your readers about you and tell them about little Kevin and little Joanne.
Get the I in the article.
But sometimes you have to take the I out. Many writers say, “I’m going to tell you today about teacher’s salaries.” Don’t tell us what you’re going to write about. Just write about it. “Teacher’s salaries…etc.
- Or “Here’s what I think.”
- Or “In my opinion.”
Get the I out of your writing.
Can you think of other times the I should come out or the I should be put in?
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