I find that it’s a lot easier to just write without thinking. The easiest kind of writing is the stuff you put into diaries and journals, writing you don’t intend for anyone else to read or to for the world to see. It’s simpler to go crazy, just saying whatever you want without regard for being politically correct or nice or sugar-coating anything. To know you can be as angry or ridiculous or trivial as you want, make as big a deal of anything as you want, because nobody will ever be able to judge you for it. I can write for pages and pages in my journal and look up after a session and see that the time has gone from 7:30 to 10:45, but if I force myself to write an essay the payoff is far less significant in the same amount of time. The best writers force their inspiration and are able to generate creativity all the time, especially if it’s their source of income or how the support themselves. I’m not quite there yet. I’m still in the “write for fun and fun alone” state of mind, but maybe I’ll get there someday. There’s a really great quote: “I write only when inspiration strikes. Luckily, it strikes at nine o’clock sharp every morning”; that’s not what it says verbatim because it’s attributed to so many different writers, but the gist of it is clear. I’m trying to keep this in mind whenever I get stuck on something, regardless of whether it’s for school or just myself.