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This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom. Writer's Block/ Writer's Anxiety This resource was written by Purdue OWL . Last full revision by Sean M. Conrey . Last edited by Allen Brizee on November 29th 2007 at 3:46PM Summary: Help in overcoming writer's block and a short series of exercises to get you writing. 1. Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block Because writers have various ways of writing, a variety of things can cause a writer to experience anxiety, and sometimes this anxiety leads to writer's block. Often a solution can be found by speaking with your instructor (if you are in school), or a writing tutor. There are some common causes of writer's block, however, and when you are blocked, consider these causes and try the strategies that sound most promising: Symptom You have attempted to begin a paper without doing any preliminary work such as brainstorming or outlining. .. Possible Cures Use invention strategies suggested by a tutor or teacher Write down all the primary ideas you'd like to express and then fill in each with the smaller ideas that make up each primary idea. This can easily be converted into an outline Symptom You have chosen or been assigned a topic which bores you. ... Possible Cures Choose a particular aspect of the topic you are interested in (if the writing situation will allow it. ..i.e. if the goal of your writing can be adjusted and is not given to you specifically, or if the teacher or project coordinator will allow it) Talk to a tutor about how you can personalize a topic to make it more interesting Symptom You don't want to spend time writing or don't understand the assignment. .. Possible Cures
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2010 for the course CHEM 12A taught by Professor Alston during the Spring '10 term at Saddleback.

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