Have you ever received an assignment that you've always wanted, but when the time came to do it you drew a blank?
Case in point: I love to write. My office has several notebooks I have used over the last thirty years in which I've jotted down fragments of dialog, character sketches, or entire pages of one story or another. I came across one I used ten years ago when I was putting together a novel based on some of the role play chat rooms I used to frequent. It was a core group of five or six people from around the country playing 'yes, and'. All of us just taking the piss out of one another. Five or six handwritten pages, about 1500 words I threw down in the space of a slow day at work. The point being, it just flowed out.
Now that I've returned to school to pursue my nursing degree, I'm sitting in English composition classes. One would think that for an amateur writer this would be an easy A. Not so fast. The most dreaded assignment I've received so far is the 'Final paper, seven pages, open topic' um...huh? I've sat at my computer for three hours (minus the time it's taken me to write this slightly panicked post). I have three or four paragraphs of wandering mumblings. This is going to be fun.