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Breaking the Rules: writing reflectively for yourself.

Cowan, John


John Cowan


Nathan L Mertens


The rules which epitomise good writing may on occasions be broken, deliberately and with what the writers judge to be good purpose. This can well occur when students or staff set out to engage effectively with their personal and professional development, through personal reflection on and in experiences. They may do this in what has been called “stream of consciousness” writing, which is deliberately compiled in a manner at variance with the general rules for best practice. The rationale for such an unusual decision, namely to engage in what is frankly disorderly writing, is set out briefly in this chapter. Its characteristics are summarised, in implicit contrast with more conventional styles of writing. Examples are included of claims for the effectiveness of this style when used for developmental purposes by students and staff; and reference is made to the publications of some of those who have endorsed this approach.

Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2012
Publicly Available Date Sep 7, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 109-113
Book Title Writing, Processes, Tools and Techniques
ISBN 978-1616689162
Keywords Professional development; reflective writing; "stream of consciousness";
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Contract Date Sep 7, 2012