Originally Posted by MyBirdIsEvil
It's a common thing in creative writing classes to write journal entries and quick stories and such just to get your mind working and get used to writing in general.
Writing takes LOTS of practice, so just starting on an outline when you haven't been writing much in the first place often doesn't work for a lot of people.
Believe me, if you just sit there thinking it will never get done. You have to put pen to paper and just do it.
I actually think you're right. Maybe I just need to start "warming up" by writing shorter pieces. That way, I will gain practice with writing in general and work myself up to writing a novel.