Writing Essays In The First Person

Most people, especially those largely inexperienced in writing, prefer to write essays in the first person.  How do you know when you’re doing this?  Take a glance at a few of these essays you’ve turned and check how much you’ve used “I” within its pages.  If you see yourself writing frequently in that manner, you may want to read through what we have to say about it below.

If your class professor has no issue with students writing in the first person, then by all means do so.  However, it isn’t unusual for most school instructors (especially in college) to prefer seeing your essays in another voice instead.  Know your professor and get a good idea of how he responds to essays written in this manner and adjust accordingly (i.e. change your writing style if you’ll get a bad grade for it).

Some essays are actually better written speaking from the first person.  A film review, for instance, is a take on your personal opinion about a movie, which makes referring to yourself in the text a sensible idea. On a historical essay, on the other hand, it may just end up looking awkward, since the focus of your essay is on factual research.

If you’re unsure about whether a first-person style is good for your essay, try consulting the advice, style or templates section of your all-in-one writing software.  Many of them count essay writing among the most important uses of such technology and frequently come with resources you can use towards it.  If you can’t find a conclusive answer there, either, just remove it.  The rule of “I” is that, if you’re in doubt about its usefulness, just take it out and play it safe.

Good luck writing!