The other night, while reading while reading chapter four of They Say I Say, I came across a topic which I found worthy of special attention. The author was explaining the idea of voice markers, something I had only been subconsciously aware of prior to reading it. He explained how simple voice markers such as “I agree” or “I argue” are sufficiently effective for writing, but that a more advanced use of voice markers can add a style or flare to writing. However, despite the writer coming off as more advanced or sophisticated through using more complex voice markers, I feel that if they are too complex or obscure it can weaken the writing. It is crucial while writing to not sacrifice the reader’s understanding for style.
Through reading this chapter of They Say I Say, I have learned that I most commonly have trouble comprehending text when I have trouble identifying voice markers, or who is saying what. Through becoming more aware of these voice markers I feel that I will be able to begin actively identifying them while reading, thus increasing my comprehension level. Furthermore, a greater understanding of voice markers will help me become a stronger writer. Looking back on some papers I wrote in the past, even some I wrote last semester, I can now see that I was not always entirely clear about what I was saying was my opinion or the opinion of another person. I’m confident that this is a sure fire way for me and anyone else to develop their writing and reading skills.