Anyone have any tricks to not use so much "I" in first-person writing? I have a story that I wrote in first-person, but it uses *wwaaaayyy* too much "I". I've gone over it twice and each time I widdle away more and more of those sentences, but it's still far from saleable. I've thought about changing it to third-person, but the character works better this way. Any suggestions... any common sentence structures that work... any ideas? And, to ask a question, is it just the sound of the repeated "I" that makes the work amateurish or is it the egocentricity? I want to know if the use of "my" and "me" contribute. I know, I know. Everything in moderation, which includes "my" as much as "I," but I want to know what I'm up against here.