But the great thing about that state of ignorant bliss is - your mind is a blank, there are very few pre-concieved notions, and your own skills of self perception and self editing are at an all time low - otherwise why the did we ware those clothes??
And if you need more structure - build on the shoulders of the giants. Take a favorite book and write another scene to it - as if Steven Spielberg has hired you to do a sequel to Huck Finn or War of the Worlds or the Cat in the Hat (Wait they already did that - Cat in the Hat 3 anyone?)
Just try it out , see where it takes you, see if you enjoy it. You probably wouldn't be writing anything other than your final paper if you didn't find something rewarding in the process anyway.
Okay, so I think you get the point right? If not, well... your probably going to get held back a grade or two. Its not the end of the world.
So - write anything - just write if you want to - and don't worry about how good your work is - it's probably pretty bad at this point - but don't write for someones applause, don't expose what you're doing for some other cretins to judge. God knows you're dealing with enough of that at this point in your life already. Just write for yourself.
Let it be your expression of some inner truth - even if that truth is as shallow as Why I Love of Bootie Calls. No matter what yo do you won't please all the Bootie Call critics - trust me, I've tried. So just please the one inside you, and do it your way. And then, after years of doing that you WILL actually KNOW something - you'll know who you are. Where as - if you spend years doing what others tell you - you'll never be quite sure.
Despite what Mr. Hand said. It's really your time. So enjoy it.
Graham Brown is the author of two books, Black Rain and Black Sun, published by Random House. When in high school he wrote all kinds of things that were absolute crap. But, you got to start somewhere.