What voice to write thesis in?
April 25, 2010 2:31 PM Subscribe
ThesisFilter: What voice should I write my thesis in? First/second/third person? Active? Passive? Passive-agressive?
posted by ubermuffin to writing & language (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just laid out the last several years of my life into roughly a hundred pages or so. And now I have to edit it into a coherent story.
I've been working as part of a small team developing algorithms and software for robots. Some of the work was collaborative, but much of it was done pretty much in isolation. How should I refer to myself in the text when talking about what I did?
My strategy so far has been to use the "royal we" pretty much throughout the document (we did X, our framework has Y), and when necessary to distinguish myself from others I refer to myself as "the author". I kind of hate the royal we, but "I" seems informal and/or egotistical, and I can't stand the passive voice (X was done).
I can find examples of all of these approaches in my peers' writing. Which one is your favorite? In which voice did you write your dissertation?