II’ve been concerned of late about the frequency with which I start sentences with “I”.  I use it first in most sentences in verbal exchanges, blog entries, email, and just about every other form of communication.  I’m surely not alone in this preoccupation with self.

I use it even when it makes less sense syntactically and when it doesn’t flow as well.  I don’t know if this is a sign of obsession with self or just the status quo.  I’ll start a sentence, for example, with “I” when I should have started it with “For example.”  I’m just using that as an example, obviously.  I’d never actually do that.

I’ll write an email to someone, scan over it before sending it, and notice there are “I”s introducing each line.  I don’t think that’s good.

I’ll often begin a sentence that has nothing to do with me with the phrase, “I think”.  I can put that before almost any statement without adding to the content, yet not losing anything either.  I think it’s a miracle phrase.

I’d like to know if anyone else notices this in my writing or in their own.  I obviously don’t care as much about others’ practices since I’m so obviously self-centered. I really should do something about this behavior if I want to consider myself a writer.

I have just one last thing to say:



About rickconti

It's not about me, remember?
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2 Responses to I

  1. Cousin Carol says:

    I love it!

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