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Posted by booksnthat (U15209365) on Tuesday, 24th April 2012
On Thursday it is the final writing exam and I was just wondering if someone could help me out.
In the exam, I plan to do a short story (based on the fact that I always get a better grade in imaginative writing than in personal, and enjoy it far more) though I am unsure as to how to write it, i.e, first person or third person.
I prefer to write in first person, but a teacher once told me that, as a marker, he preferred to read essays written in third person. And do you think that writing an imaginative piece in first person could be misconstrued as a personal essay, and be marked down?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, as this is really stressing me out!
Posted by U15239395 (U15239395) on Tuesday, 24th April 2012
Do what you are comfy with, that way you should be able to make a better job of the story. Everyone has different opinions, not all teachers will dislike essays in third person.
Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Wednesday, 25th April 2012
I am sure that whatever the marker's personal preferences, he or she will grade the piece of writing on its own merits. It is just as possible to write a good first person creative piece as a third person one. First person narrative allows you to concentrate on the character's inner thoughts and feelings, and the more the characters are made convincing, the better the essay will be.
Posted by booksnthat (U15209365) on Wednesday, 25th April 2012
Thank you so much! I was really worrying about it as I haven't had much practice writing in third person and was worried that this was what was expected!
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