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Reading Reflection #4

Reading Reflection #4

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Published by Kelsey Staub
This is my reading reflection for the topic of "Pre-Writing Activities and Writer's Block."
This is my reading reflection for the topic of "Pre-Writing Activities and Writer's Block."

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Published by: Kelsey Staub on Apr 12, 2013
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Reading Reflection #4Writer
s Block is something I, an English major and teacher, constantly battle with whenI try to sit down and write a paper. Although I am a fairly talented writer and my finishedproducts are usually high quality, the process of turning to thoughts in my head into coherentand stylistically correct sentences is often a struggle. For these reasons, I was very pleased toread Mike Rose
’s essay “Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist
Analysis of Writer
s Block
” and learn some of the reasons why writer’s block occurs and how to
help my student
s overcome this hurdle in their writing.To begin, Rose
’s definition of writer’s block is outstandingly accurate. He describes it as,“…that frustrating, self 
-defeating inability to generate the next line, the right phrase, thesentence that will release the flow of words once again (Rose 149)
”.
He then goes on to discussa study of 10 students from UCLA; all of whom are roughly comparable in backgrounds,academic performance, and overall attitudes. However, five of these students had no troublewith the writing process and the other half 
“…experienced moderate to nearly immobilizing
writer
’s block (149).”
These cases of writer
’s block, R
ose discovered, were not manifested dueto lack of writing ability, but rather the students
hyperconsciousness to the strict rules of writing. Instead of simply writing their ideas down as they came to mind, these students
’ were
consumed with making sure each sentence was perfect and free of any errors, even if theywere only asked to write a rough draft. While the five students who did not struggle with

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