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Chapter 3. Rhetorical Problem Solving > Rhetorical Problem Solving as a Recursi...

Rhetorical Problem Solving as a Recursive Process

The discussion to this point has outlined an ideal process, one that works well, but also one that needs to be qualified. The process implies linearity, that the steps need to be taken sequentially. But that is not, in fact, the way most of us think. Most of us, instead of thinking in a line, jump forward to ideas that ideally would occur to us only after we had considered others. Or, while we are presently formulating an idea, we may fall back to some idea we have already had and consider how that idea might influence what we are currently thinking about. The process, then, is recursive—jumping forward, falling back—fairly fluid until it is complete. And when it is complete, it presents another question: is it complete when writers and speakers are satisfied they have analyzed the problem as fully as they can or when they are required to have some answer—when they have to meet a deadline? It can be either or both, but there is always an end to the process—it cannot go on forever—and that end is almost always determined by the deadline. There is a point at which the product of work will be called for; it is then that it must be complete, for better or for worse, and submitted.

Mary Anne's situation once again is a good example. She asked and answered all the questions that we have spoken about, but she did not do so linearly. In fact, she did not have to. As she realized, several of the questions dealing with the audiences' knowledge of the problem could probably be answered in basically the same way for each audience, with variations of course, but with variations that she could keep easily in mind.


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