When I am made to write something (ex. a college assignment in english) I usually struggle to find that inspiration, because I'm not writing for myself, I'm writing for the grade. However, sometimes I feel the need to set the assignment aside and write a little bit on a story of my own, just to get the flow going. It's only ever-so-often that this works, which makes me realize I need another "thought centering technique", if not several, to help me pull inspiration. I know I'm not the only one here. I've noticed other writers, who are made to write for someone other than themselves, struggle with the writing process. Now, I know that I should try to convince myself that I am writing for myself, but knowing deep down that I am not, makes that very difficult. So that's why I do thought centering things to make me write. So, that brings me to my question. When you are struggling with any kind of writing process, rather it is for yourself or a grade, etc., what do you do in order to find that inspiration or to start that flow of words? Note: I know this may seem like it focuses around writer's block, but the focus is actually: what do you do to center your mind when you are needing to write?