Write in ‘third person’ prose

The old editor asked several members of his staff to prepare holiday editorials for the newspaper. The best one was written by a young lady fresh out of journalism school.

He called her into his office. “You make some great points in your article,” he complimented her. “I do have one suggestion to keep readers engaged.”

“What’s that?” she asked.

“You’ve used the personal pronoun ‘I’ far too often. In their places, substitute third person pronouns, or insert a quote from an another person to reinforce your theme.”


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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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