Conquering the Blank Document

I came to a realization a few weeks ago: writing on prompt is not only excruciatingly sucky, but creatively draining. I used to feel like I was at least decently solid as a writer, but semester after semester of writing 800 to 1000 words on _______ (how sociocapitalism has an effect on the sales of punk music and such subcultures in the 1980s, “Owens Dining Hall: How it Attributes to the Freshman Fifteen”, etc.) has drained me of any motivation/enjoyment I get from writing. Continue reading