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Helping Students Get Past "Writer's Block"

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 8, 2011 2:10:34 AM

 

Is there really such a thing? Or is it an excuse that we have created to get out of doing something we don’t want to do?  I can remember hearing countless times from students who had not done the essay I had assigned, claiming to have the affliction.  As a writer myself, I could understand my students' frustrations (although I didn't always believe that was truly the issue.)

I know I wasn’t the first—nor would I be the last to “suffer” from this debilitating “disease,” right?  Surely everyone who has had to sit down and write something has felt this at one point.  I decided to make it my mission to find out.  And while I identified with my students, I wanted to teach them how to get past themselves - their worst critics, to still be able to create.  So, what is Writer’s Block, does it really exist, and how do we get past it?

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Topics: teaching writing, writer's block, Writing, writing tips

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