One thing that is frustrating about the new writing instructor: the imposition of a rigid paragraph structure for all research papers. She described the paragraph structure she wants to see (basically: intro sentence, sentence setting up quote 1, quote 1, sentence analyzing quote 1, sentence setting up quote 2, quote 2, sentence tying quotes 1 and 2 together) and made it very clear that deviation from that structure will be punished. Now, I get the need for this kind of rigidity as a pedagogical tool. Frankly much of the writing you see out of college students today is godawful; the imposition of such a rigid framework can only help. Nonetheless, I'm someone who is - when I put my mind to it - pretty good at writing. What's more, I've worked on developing a distinct voice in my writing and I'm pretty proud of that; I've had instructors tell me that they could blindly pick my paper out of a selection of 100 papers, just on the voice. Having such a rigid structure imposed on me just crushes that, it reduces writing - which is supposed to be a creative endeavor - to a formula, and that's something I absolutely hate. Like I said, I get the need for it but oh do I ever chafe! To punish her, I'm thinking of writing my research paper on the most boring subject I can imagine. I might just subject her to a ten page overview of modern monetary economics. Dry and boring and awful and guaranteed to put her to sleep at least twice but technically flawless. TAKE THAT.