Why is it whenever we attempt
to sit down and write, this free-flowing process is inhibited
at the times they count most? Do we not possess the proper discipline
necessary to write? Have our previous experiences with writing
given us a negative attitude? Here are some reasons why writer's
block as mentioned in Mike Rose's Writer's Block: A Cognitive
1. Writers establish rules
by which they guide their composing processes as rigid, inappropriately
invoked, or incorrect. For example, "avoid the passive voice"
and "vary sentence length" serve only as barriers when
formulating early drafts.
2. Writers possess misleading
assumptions about the way writing occurs. Stereotypes begin to
develop negating the varied composing processes. A block occurs
naturally when all witing is expected to be painless and inspired
work. Students will quickly find this is not the case.
3. Writers edit too early in
the composing process. This indicates a writer's attempt to "tidy
up" his words when he should be rethinking his words.Such
a strategy will prove highly unproductive during early drafts
due to the fact that writers should be thinking freely to explore
4. Writer's fail to plan accordingly
for discourse strategies or continually rely on inflexible strategies.
This results in dead ends for a writer. With the ECRSB Portfolio,
one needs to have a firm understanding of the competencies
to grasp the goal of the narrative
Frank Smith, in his book Writing
and the Writer, argues there are two main types of blocks
Procedural Blocks result when
writers do not know what to write next. Writers are able to formulate
thoughts on a global and focal level, yet the intermediate level
leaves them unable to identify the direction of the current paragraph.
This can be attributed to packing too much information into a
sentence or digressions in attempts to formulate developing ideas.
To help students with this type of block, have students write
ideas down on paper as opposed to sifting through and reorganizing
them in their heads. With this strategy, alternatives can be re-evaluated
in different contexts and orders. If problems still persist, encourage
the student to take a break to relieve the brain from the pressure
they have put it under. Give it time.
Psychological Blocks appear when
the writer cannot bring themselves to the point of allowing the
words to appear on the paper. Given the magnitude of the ECRSB
Portfolio, this will probably be the most common type of writer's
block witnessed by consultants. Students will also experience
this block when they feel their portfolio, coupled with their
achievements, does not measure up to a perceived standard. Consultants
should inform students that each is his own person, unique in
intricate and inimate ways. It should be the student's responsibitly
for their ECRSB Portfolio to convey this to their audience.
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