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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 Understandin ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 22nd 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Keely Hyslop
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkably thorough exploration of the topic of writer's block that draws on psychology research, composition theory, and material from interviews and journals discussing writers' composing processes. The book discusses a variety of techniques to explore to reduce one's own writer's block as well as advice for teachers seeking to provide advice to less experienced writers in combating writing block. All in all a very useful little book written in an approachable, conversational style.
Incertaesedis
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An encouraging and supportive book that has definitely helped me understand why I sometimes procrastinate writing so much. As a result I have been writing more consistently.

However, practical exercises would have been helpful. I suspect CBT-like exercises would work well. The author however is not a psychologist, which may explain the focus on describing and trying to explain writing blocks rather than treating them.

That being said, if you are encountering difficulties of any kind with your writ
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Elizabeth
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Hjortshoj provides readers with a concise accounting of all types of writing blocks that might emerge for all types of writers. Perhaps most compelling, he refuses to presume that writers of fiction and non-fiction, nor undergraduate and graduate writers are likely to run up against the same type of "blocks" when writing, and he usefully delineates the reasons why. This said, the book is fairly scant on practical advice to combat blocks, instead suggesting writers engage in the proper amount to ...more
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