How to write online articles in second and third person

Writing for readers

One of the most important things about writing articles online is that what you write is read worldwide. Using your experience of life, quality articles need to be written in the second or third person point of view to look more professional. Many writers make the mistake of writing about their lives online and regret it at a later date. It isn’t about the life of one individual. It’s a bigger picture than that. It’s about constructing articles which help guide people who may be facing the same situation as you find yourself in. That’s where real expertise in writing helps.


Step 1

Know your subject

When choosing a subject to write about, know your subject. This helps you to become more productive. If you write to topics which require a lot of research, be aware that these take time, and should be researched correctly, citing all sources that you use. The benefit of writing about things you know is that you can use your experience to write first class second and third person articles which are of interest to the reading public.

Step 2

Know the words to avoid

First person includes any reference to I, me, my, our, we and us. All of these are strictly first person. The words which need avoiding are these. Learn to find other ways to say things.

Step 3

Make substitution words flow correctly

Often when you are new to writing in second and third person, it’s hard to choose the words which replace I, me, our, we etc. Those words which work well are the ones which roll off the tongue easily. Avoid over-use of «one» as it can sound ridiculous if overused. There are many possibilities. Take a look at this phrase and see how it can be turned into second or third person.

First person

I experienced a lot of pain in my leg after the operation was completed.

Second person

You can suffer pain in your leg after the operation is completed.

Third person

A patient can experience pain in their leg after the surgery is completed.

Step 4

Write in sections

Lists always look amateur but having your written work in sections makes it a lot easier for people to read and to access sections which relate to their query. Subheadings and bullets are acceptable on Internet based articles, and help the reader to find the appropriate section of the work which answers their questions.

Step 5

Start and finish your article with finesse

When you have finished writing your article, read through it. The editing process is possibly one of the most important. Your article should have a great introduction to draw readers in. It should also have a good quality conclusion to leave readers feeling sated. It’s important to edit all work before posting it to an Internet website. Once you learn to do this, you will gain a very good reputation as an online writer.

Things Needed
• A list of items which need to be included
• A beginning, middle and end
• A good knowledge of spelling and grammar
• The ability to see the bigger picture
• A sense of responsibility

Tips & Warnings
• Be careful that the information you give is accurate and backed up by appropriate cited sources or contains supporting links.
• Avoid being overly wordy.
• Don’t ramble. Internet readers like to see the points they need to reference.


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