Noor Hanim Rahmat


Students do experience writing blocks. Writers’ blocks are caused by many reasons. When writers write, they face rhetorical problems. Past studies have shown that these problems are easily solved by skilled writers. However, less skilled writers may take a longer time to get out of the rhetorical problems. Rhetorical problems can be categorized into two. Firstly, many writers face problems due to their failure to attend to their own goals (writers’ own goal). Next, writers also face problems with rhetorical situation. Rhetorical situations can be categorized as problems with the assignment and problems with the audience. This qualitative study explored the causes of writers’ block among three different levels of writers. Findings revealed that the three levels of writers had different causes of writing blocks. Some were caused by paying attention to perfection, some feared not being understood by the readers.


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