College essay writer’s block?

If you’ve tried attacking one or more of your college essay prompts, but ended up staring at a blank screen only to vow to return later, you’ve got college essay writer’s block. And here’s a sure way to cure it.

1. Imagine you were told: “Submit a response to the prompt in the next 15 minutes and you’ll win $10,000 in cash.”

2. Write like crazy for 15 minutes.

3. Repeat once a day for five days.

Guess what? You’ll either have a first draft you can work with, one or more ideas you can develop, or inspiration for a new and unexplored direction.

But you’ll no longer be writing-blocked.