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Is it acceptable to use I multiple times over and over when writing dialogue and quotes for memoirs. I have been told that if you are using quotes in dialogue that nothing is wrong. I am reading a story now and see the word I as many as 25 times on the page.

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So, you’ve come here hoping for an aide-mémoire, have you now? :) – tchrist Feb 2 '14 at 0:36
If what you are saying about yourself is interesting no one will mind; and if it is not no one will care. – StoneyB Feb 2 '14 at 0:56

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Use of "I" is perfectly acceptable in a narrative first-person memoir. Especially if it is written in either a conversational or confessional style (i.e., a diary).

Quotation marks for dialog or excerpts are appropriate, and should of course be written in as faithful a recording as possible. (or, if it's a fictional "memoir", should be from the POV of the fictional source.)

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