Okay, Postscript: You see that I just posted on “The ‘Research Paper’ Prompt” by Dirk? Well, upon further reflection, it seems I fell into the very trap he describes:
“Students are able to recognize a prompt; they know, in other words, that they are being asked to write something. But a sampling of what exactly is being asked for in these prompts shows how varied a research paper is among different sections of composition:…”
I was given a prompt to write a blog post here — only, I wasn’t sure where, exactly, “here” was. I wrote it, and didn’t know exactly why or for whom I was writing. I jumped in. And what I “uttered” was a shout into a previously conceived well.
Maybe Dirk has more on the ball than I would previously like to admit.