Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer's Block.

@article{Rose1980RigidRI,
  title={Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer's Block.},
  author={Mike Rose},
  journal={College Composition and Communication},
  year={1980},
  volume={31},
  pages={389-400}
}
  • M. Rose
  • Published 1980
  • Sociology
  • College Composition and Communication
Ruth will labor over the first paragraph of an essay for hours. She'll write a sentence, then erase it. Try another, then scratch part of it out. Finally, as the evening winds on toward ten o'clock and Ruth, anxious about tomorrow's deadline, begins to wind into herself, she'll compose that first paragraph only to sit back and level her favorite exasperated interdiction at herself and her page: "No. You can't say that. You'll bore them to death." Ruth is one of ten UCLA undergraduates with whom… Expand
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