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Understanding Writing Blocks

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Why do capable students and scholars fail to complete writing projects? What are "writing blocks," and how can writers overcome them? Why are writing blocks more common for advanced and experienced writers who are not supposed to need help? And why are they more common in the humanities than in the sciences? Keith Hjortshoj answers these and other questions in Understanding Writing Blocks. This book demystifies the causes of writing blocks, which are often ignored, misunderstood, or attributed to obscure psychological disorders. Hjortshoj examines blocks instead as real writing problems arising from specific misconceptions, writing behaviors, and rhetorical factors present at different stages of the writing process. In a lively and informative style, he defines the nature of writing blocks, examines their causes, and offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional writers the diagnostic tools and strategies necessary for getting their work done. Although appropriate for any writing course, Understanding Writing Blocks targets advanced composition students and graduate writers who are most likely to encounter immobilizing obstacles, and whose experience supports the author's assertion that a writing block is usually "an affliction of the good writer." Hjortshoj draws his material and evidence from extensive research, interviews, and consultations with blocked writers from his twenty-five years of teaching. Especially helpful to students working on dissertations and other complex projects, Understanding Writing Blocks illuminates the factors that undermine writing ability in a wide range of endeavors.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-145) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Are Writing Blocks Real?

A Personal Problem?

What Blocks Are Not

Thought and Movement

Blocks Are Real Writing Problems

2. Product and Process

The Value of Privacy

Stage Fright in Rhearsal

What Are You Actually Doing?

The Phases of the Writing Process

3. Lines, Loops, and Delays

Making Lines Out of Loops

Euclidian Myths

Spiral Progress

Notwriting

4. Methods, Standards, and Premature Judgments

Many Right Ways

Whose Standards Are You Trying to Meet?

The Challenge of Governing Expectations

5. Transitional Blocks in Undergraduate Studies

Diagnostics

Developmental Blocks in the Transition to College

Facing the Necessity of Revision

Institutional Causes and Unfortunate Solutions

6. What Is Your Thesis?

Endless Introductions

What Writers Need

Liminality

Rhetorical Supports in the Sciences

7. Putting Writing in Its Place

Making the Next Move

Syntactic Block

Settling for Less

Gender, Time, and Space

8. Scholarly Production

Synopsis

A Hidden Category

Binge Writng Versus Moderation

Costs and Benefits

9. What Can You Do?

The Normality of Writing Blocks

The Reality of a Writing Block

What You Can Do

A Note to Teachers and Advisors

What Teachers Can Do

What Advisors Can Do

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195141368
Author:
Hjortshoj, Keith
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Null, Keith
Location:
New York
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Literature/English | Writing | Composition
Subject:
Writer's block.
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
20010222
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 line illus.
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
5.51x8.50x.37 in. .46 lbs.

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