Using the first method of removing the other person/people from the sentence is an easy go-to way of working out whether you say ‘I’ or ‘me’. I use it all the time! But for everyone who made it through the subjectives and objectives with their brains unfrazzled, well done! Grammar is complex – it’s like relearning your own language from an outsider point of view. Though it’s easier to do the first trick, it’s even better for your writing if you can understand how grammar works and why you use one instead of the other.
Now, let’s put it into practice.
Since we’ve spent so long talking about you, you and you, let’s have a story about…YOU!
Use the last photo taken of you by yourself as inspiration. If you feel like uploading it with your story and (if you’re under 18) have parental permission to have it published online, we would love to see it! If not, that’s totally fine too. Use that photo to build your story around, using the following idea as the theme of your story.
You can hear a clicking sound, but you don’t know where it’s coming from. It doesn’t frighten you because you know exactly what it means and what you’re going to do about it!
- be the only character
- write the story in first person,
- set your story in the setting of the photo (if the photo was taken at the beach, your story must take place at the beach etc), and
- show that you understand when to use ‘I’ and when to use ‘me’.
Word limitation: 500 words or less
Acceptable formats: Everything! Type it up if you can; send in a picture of your handwritten story if you can’t. Younger writers can seek help from their parents if they need it.
Accompanying images: Your story will be published on the website with an accompanying image. You can upload the photo you used as inspiration if you like, or draw/paint one. If you don’t want to send in an image, that’s totally fine too!
Deadline: 30th June 2021
Winner’s prize: $30 Booktopia voucher!