Thursday, October 23, 2008

Novel writing tips: what tense should i use?

Novel writing tips: Learn when and where to use the first-person third-person tense in non-fiction articles. Found here will be tips on drawing your reader in, and including them in the article.

How can I write well without using the first person pronoun?

  • There are many ways to make your article appeal to the reader without using first person. Using you or we is one example.
    A good way to do this is to think in the third person frame of mind. First of all, refer to yourself in the article as "we" helps. Just replace I with we. It is amazing how a simple switch of pronouns comes off so clean and professional. Observe this comparison:
  • I always am looking for brand new ways to make my articles better.
  • We writers are always looking for brand new ways to make our articles.
    *Notice that the latter sentence just sounds cleaner and crisper- much more professional!
Can I use first person in some cases?
  • Yes, you can use this technique when you ask questions that the reader would probably ask. There is a good example of questions and answers right here in this article.
    NOTE: Try to use first person pronouns very sparingly.
  • Try to use passive voice sparingly. Many writers feel that it can add the right flow to the sentence structure at times. Just don't overdo it.
  • Avoid the use of boorish testimonial writing in non-fiction.
  • Use Action verbs whenever possible.
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