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Finding Your Inner Writer: Putting the "I" Back Into Your Wrting

Updated on August 10, 2016

To "I" or not to "I"?

Find Your Inner Writer Again!
Find Your Inner Writer Again! | Source

What Drew You To Writing?

What first drew you to the writing field? Was it a chance to express yourself, to let the world know you were? Perhaps to get down your feelings and thoughts, before they disappeared into time? If so, you may have lost this initial motivation for writing.

It is sometimes to hard to remember who we are, when forced to write about things that don't always interest us, for the sake of an assignment or other requirement. But here are some suggestions for putting back the "I" into your writing, for finding our inner writer, our original spark once again.

Remember who you are!

Remember who you are, and why you write.
Remember who you are, and why you write. | Source

Finding Your Inner Writer

  1. Do some writing just for fun. Don't worry about whether or not you will make money on it, or if you can market it properly. Just write, and enjoy it. You can publish it here on Hubpages, or on your blog, or maybe just in your journal. But have fun!

  2. Write at more than one place. If you have a commercial account on Hubpages, and you use exclusively for product reviews, write somewhere else, perhaps under a different pen name, if you want, just to let loose and write what you like!

  3. Ask yourself what you are feeling right at this moment, and write about your feelings. Don't over-think it, just let it flow. You are getting in touch with your inner writer! Not just your inner marketer.

  4. Use a writing prompt, and see where it goes. Miss Olive wrote an excellent hub on prompts. Check that out, or use your own resources. Allow yourself to wander away from that practical writing.

  5. Write about a memory that you have. As writers, one of our greatest resources is inside our heads: our overflowing chest of half-remembered moments and vague recollections. Go back there, and just start to write what you remember. Recall details, using all of your five sensory faculties.

  6. Write about your faith. As a Christian, I have written several articles about my faith. This reminds me of what I believe, and focuses my attention on what is important. I am a believer in God, and Jesus Christ. I need to remember my focus, in order to stay refreshed as a writer. Write about what you believe in. As we get older, we often forget our beliefs as we are forced to focus on bills, mortgages and bosses.

  7. Take an objective piece you have written, and just for fun, write a personal piece on it. For example, I have started writing about furnaces for a client. Now, furnaces are not personal, to me, at all! But if I was to write about my experience in writing about stuff I am not an expert in, that would make it personal!

  8. I have alluded to this one already, but i think it warrants its own point. Write a blog! Blogs were set up to be specifically personal. Readers expect them to be personal. So, write a blog, even if it's not for money. It's on your blog that you get to be yourself!

  9. Write Some Reviews. Write about a T.V. show you just watched, or your latest kitchen gadget. But write your own personal experience with it, not just what you have read. Personal reviews seem to have the most punch, too.

  10. Give out some hub love! Commenting on other people's hubs is a great way to start to feel like a person again, instead of a writing automaton! Noticing other people's writing gives you a chance for some non-pressured writing, without pressure, or expectations. Just read, enjoy, and comment. (And vote up, of course!)

I hope it resonated with you

So, these are some ideas for putting the "I" back into writing. I hope that this may have resonated with you, in some way. I have found a need to do this, myself, and this is where I got the idea for the hub.

I think it is important to remember the original reason that we became writers, and to keep our voice intact and strong, whatever writing jobs we have to do, to please clients or invite sales. To all of you writers, I wish you happy writing!

I write for comments! Also please vote up, if you liked it!

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    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Emma, I know what you mean about the pressure to get things right. I have felt that overwhelmed feeling, too, intimidated by all the other great writers out there. But that's great that you have now found a balance for yourself. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Emma Kisby 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      There can be a lot of pressure to get it right as a writer. I got to the point once where I didn't write anything at all - I would just sit there skimming blogs about others who were making money from it, as I felt I just didn't know where to begin.

      I have relaxed a little now. Knowing where you have to be strict with the rules and where you can have poetic licence.

      I use 'I' in blogs and that style of writing, but sometimes will mix it in something factual. It gives a personal opinion ans shows the reader you have experience in that field. It's okay to do that if you want :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      MT, that's a good point: including the I keeps you from being the know-it-all that is the automatic expert on everything. Thanks for the insightful comment!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I completely agree, and I write whatever way works best for me and the hub topic. Generally, I do include "I" because I want to make it clear that it is my personal opinion and not a stated fact that should be believed by everyone.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @Sannel, I know what you mean! I've always been that way, too! That's what so cool about hubbing, that you can allow that personality to shine through, without penalty! Thanks for the great comment and take care.

      @Eddy, thanks for your kind words. Nice to see you!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.

      Take care


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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      These are some great and useful advice for writing. I have never been the "fact-based" writer type. I find it very difficult. No matter how much I try, I just can't resist to let my personality shine through. Lol!

      Voting up and thank you for a wonderful and excellent article!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      RedElf, you are so very kind! I apologize for not responding sooner. I've been away from Hubpages for a while. But thank you so much for this!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Your writing says it all - from HubNugget to one of the Top Hubbers of 2011! Way to go!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      R.E., I am so pleased! Thank you for the comment ... I know what you mean about writing to express something: I love to do the same thing, too. It is such a healing thing, isn't it? Take care!

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      reikieffect 6 years ago

      I really loved your hub! My son always tells me that I use too many words and do not get to the point. I tell him that you have to adapt your writing to your audience and that I just write for fun and as an emotional release. Prairieprincess you explained it perfectly!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @ CM, interesting point! Yes, witty writing is personal, too. Thanks for the dropping by. I definitely agree that writing is fun!

      @Celebritie, that's great! I think people enjoy that personal touch, as you call it. Thanks for the great comment!

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      celebritie 6 years ago

      I try to write from a conversational approach and it seems to give my articles a human touch. Thanks for the tips on how to create our writing style.

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      Cmbeverly 6 years ago from Delaware, OH

      Hmm I wonder where witty writing would work, writings weird...But oh so fun :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @Stephanie, I am so glad that this helped to spark some ideas for you. It is so true that some days, there are no ideas and other days ... nada! Nice to see you and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Stephanie!

      @Mljd, I'm glad you are able to keep coming up with ideas, and glad if this hub helped a bit. Welcome to Hubpages and nice to "meet" you!

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      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas for writing. When I started on hubpages, I really didn't think I had much to write about but each day is bringing new ideas and this hub just helped a bunch more.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Some days it seems there are dozens of things to write about and other days my head is empty of ideas. Your tips for finding your inner writer are so useful for finding a new approach to getting started when the brain is temporarily stalled. :) Thanks for a good article!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      SS, I am so glad that you have found it useful. It nice when we can encourage each other as writers. Take care!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great advice PP. I have kind of been at a "standstill" and can use some of these prompts. Thank you,


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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      MM, isn't neat how we grow as writers, and branch out in what we feel comfortable writing? Hubpages really is a neat place for sharing persona things because there are people who read and respond. Thanks for sharing!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some great tip here, I especially like number 3, when I first joined Hubpages I never dreamt I would write personal stuff, as it's turned out that's what I enjoy writing about the most!

      Voting up and thank you for sharing a great hub.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Carcro, thank you so much! I think adding the personal is much more interesting, too. Thanks for the comment, and take care.

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Hi Prairieprincess, you are so right, I really enjoy writing when I put my personal touch on it, something that reflect my personality and who I am. I find it very difficult to write point blank factual information without adding something to make it more personal. Thanks for all the great ideas, voted uP and awesome!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Dee, that's so great that you were able to do some of the more personal pieces. Of course, fact-based writing is definitely a necessity, but it's nice to do some of the other, too.

      I hope that it does encourage someone to find some joy in their writing. Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a great night!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      For years all I did was fact based writing. It brings me great pleasure now just to share some of my experiences and write for the pure fun of it. Thank you so much for sharing this very insightful hub. You may have just given the A-OK to some who were not sure it is OK to use the "I" in their writing.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @Samson, thank you. I am so glad it was helpful. Take care!

      @Arlene, as am I yours! I am so glad it was useful and so happy to be in your bookmark file. Cheers!

      @GL, I am so pleased that it was helpful. That's great that you are able to keep the "I" in your writing. It seems to have served you well! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love to use the "I" word when I write. I always have! I think I'll bookmark this Hub so I can come back for those great subject "I"-deas. Cheers!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Jools, I love it! Writing cute little stories for coworkers is so spontaneous, and creative. That's awesome that you could get your mo-Jo going, with writing! I will have to check out that book, too. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Simple Gifts, that is an interesting perspective, coming from a pastoral point-of-view. I would agree that it is very important to be personal, in that capacity! But I think that people are scared of the personal, in case it crosses the line and becomes too personal. Thanks for the great commment and thought!

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      I remain your loyal fan. And this is another one of your Hubs making it to my bookmark collection. Thank you for the very useful information that could help any writer. I have no choice but to vote this one up and hit the other buttons.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Very well written and informative. Thanks for all the 'tips'. Voted up and useful...

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      Princess, an interesting hub. Writing for fun is very important to me. I used to make up stories and poems about my workmates for fun and they all loved them and I loved writing them because they were just for a bit of a laugh. I read a wonderful book called Writing Down The Bones which really got me started writing again, so glad I did.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Good job, funny thing, I am a Chaplain and we are constantly reminded not to use I, but I have to, if I am going to be real. Up and interesting! Thanks for the perspective~

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Jimmie, it is very different. University writing (except for the occasional journalling assignment) is completely "I" free, and is very "distant." That's great that you were able to make the transition, and now enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      Academic writing (no "I") is vastly different from online writing and certainly from blogging. It was hard for me to jump the hurdle to using I in my articles, but now that I'm on this side, it seems more natural and honest.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Tip, I can relate with the stress part! That is what has often stopped me from writing, and that is why I wrote t his hub. I'm glad you're starting to feel better, and it sounds like you're doing some teaching, too. That's great that you were able to talk some family into joining. That way, you can share in the process together. Nice to see you again, and thanks for the great comment!

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      I love your ideas, especially number six. Sometimes people are afraid to write about their faith so they don't rock the boat with others. I, myself, have stressed myself out these last few months and created writer's block to the point that I couldn't think of comments, writing, or even journaling. Now that winter is setting in here, I am able to breath easier in some ways, but still fight the feeling of being stressed. I have forced myself to take up writing as an outlet. In the process, I managed to talk my mother and daughter into joining HP and am currently helping them with their hubs. I will be sure to pass these tips on to them. Thanks!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Deborah, thank you! You are so kind. Sometimes we have to just let go of all the rules, and write. I'm glad you could relate. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Dedmoroz, I guess it depends on the school and the teacher. That's interesting that you were still taught this way, too. As an English teacher, I know our provincial curriculum allowed it, but I think a lot of the old-school teachers followed the old way.

      I'm so glad to hear you are enjoying yourself with your writing here at Hubpages. I think it's that enjoyment and passion that keeps us going. Thanks for stopping by, and for the great comment! Take care.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is great information.. I voted up and awesome.. this really helps me ..thank you...just write and enjoy it.. that is great advice..I book marked this too... thanks for doing all this research and writing it..

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      Dedmoroz 6 years ago

      "One of the first things I remember learning about essays, in school, was that "I" was not allowed." - unfortunately still happened when I was in school. (whoops used I in that sentnece...)

      "Don't worry about whether or not you will make money on it, or if you can market it properly. Just write, and enjoy it." - exactly what I'm doing here on hubpages ;)

      Great stuff Prairie, you make a very good personal touch to your hubs, I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      RT, thank you for reading and such a quick comment! I think is one of the beauties of hubpages: that it offers so many different writing exemplars that we can learn from, and appreciate. Great comment!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Excellent-voted up.

      Your point that HP has room for both personal and straightforward, fact-based writing is important to note. Great job of rounding out this topic!


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