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A pair where for the longest time, I’d try to find other words instead of having to figure out which one is correct.
“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.” Robert McKee
Third person writing puts the focus on the topic. It is used for more academic writing. Third person is “He, she, it, people, etc.”
Second person writing puts the focus on the reader. It is used for giving advice and directions. Second person is “you, your.”
First person writing puts the focus on the author. It is used for personal writing and personal narratives. First person is “I, me, my, we, our, us.”
“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” Ernest Hemingway
Yet another pair of words where the distinction probably doesn’t matter much. But I like precision, so: what is the difference between use and utilize?
Consider: my dad’s truck and my dads’ truck.