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Dissolving the Granite Complex from Communication Training and Consulting in Business Industry and Government William Buchholz editor and contributor Urbana Champaign IL Association for Business Communication ABC University of Illinois 1983 290 pages Dissolving the Granite Complex William J Buchholz Bentley College Waltham Massachusetts For many people one of the most terrifying experiences in life is sitting down to a blank piece of paper Before they get up again they want that blank page full of facts thoughts opinions all perfectly expressed These writers if they can get words to come at all are almost compulsively driven by a need to put the words down flawlessly the first time They behave as though they are hammering their words everlastingly into granite the first word they find the first sentence they cast the first paragraph that haphazardly builds itself these bits and pieces are chiseled into stone largely because the writers are afraid Their fear of writing has made them victims of the writing anxiety syndrome This syndrome the granite complex or writer s block has probably affected all writers at some point Actually writing instructors spend much of their time simply coaxing inexperienced writers into overcoming their fear of writing Confidence building it is called Poll any group and you will likely find that most consider themselves inferior writers Ask them why They will tell you that writing just bedevils them Besides they say I m math oriented Wasn t born with the writing gift If you pursue the question you will find that these people are hostage to their own biographies that is enough people and enough experiences have conspired throughout their lives to convince them they cannot write well They may also be convinced that you can do nothing to help them Their very attitude you see is cast in granite Communication consultants and writing teachers in general know that the key to successful writing is attitude No one can be forced to become a good



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