Check out two books on your subject, read them, and think of what you want to talk about. Go to the [writing center] and get some feedback on your idea. Not only will they help you come up with a compelling thesis, they can help you structure your information and paper so you don't have to slam your head on your keyboard doing it by yourself.
- Set up a meeting at the writing center months in advance a week before the paper is due. This way you have a deadline to have some sort of rough draft by so they can help you out with. Pull your all-nighter the day before the writing center meeting so you don't have to do it the day before the paper is due.