Reading Response Mike Rose

Reading Response 2: Writer’s Block
Length: 250 words
Due: in class September 9 by 6:40

For Reading Response 2, you’ll want to think about Mike Rose’s article “Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer’s Block.” The article focuses on two groups of student writers: some who experience severe levels of writer’s block and some who experience almost none. Here are some questions to get you thinking about the reading. You should answer at least several though you don’t need to answer all of them. Make sure it’s clear from your response that you have read and understood Rose’s essay.

  • What are some of the differences between blockers and non-blockers according to Rose?
  • What are some of the “rules” and “plans” that students with writer’s block (blockers) use in their writing? What are some of the “rules” and “plans” that students who don’t experience writer’s block use?
  • Where are you in comparison to the students in the article? Could you identify more with the blockers, the non-blockers, or do you feel you’re somewhere in between the two groups?
  • What are some of the causes of writer’s block that Lamott identifies in her own writing processes and how are these similar to and/or different from the causes Rose identifies?
  • Did you learn any strategies from Rose’s article that you can use the next time you experience writer’s block?
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