Writing Exercise: First-Person Singular

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Here is a new writing exercise that I used today in a workshop I led. The resulting pieces were quite beautiful. Enjoy and feel free to post comments or pieces!

“In the ethos of Mohawk culture, as in its language, ‘I’ cannot stand on its own—the first-person singular is always part of a relationship. So you don’t say,’I am sick.’ ‘The sickness,’ in Mohawk, ‘has come to me.'”

– Judith Thurman, ‘A Loss for Words,’ The New Yorker, March 30, 2015

With this concept as a starting point, could you begin a personal piece without letting the first person singular stand on its own?

Try not to shy away from a personal subject or experience, but also try not to filter it through the ‘I.’

Give yourself about twenty minutes to do this one.

 

Here’s the original, and beautiful, article this quote comes from.

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