I've got a paper due at noon that I have completely failed at - I choked up on something minor, psyched myself out and now really have nothing. I'm going to talk to the instructor before class and explain but I really feel like "I psyched myself out" is such a pitiful explanation. I intend on continuing to work on it this morning but it's at the point where realistically it's not going to get finished. I have never ever had a problem with a paper before like this so I feel all sorts of ashamed and am questioning my abilities.
What would you do in this situation?
ETA: Perhaps through the process of posting this (thanks for kicking me in the ass a little, TQCers), I've since made a TON of progress and although I'll have to ask for an extension still it's allowed per the syllabus. I should be able to finish it tonight if I can just stay in my current mindset. Thanks!