When you have to write an article, thesis, book or whatever, how do you approach it:
1) Plan it in stages, and allocate time for each page, and comply with the formulae
2) Plan it in stages, and allocate time for each page, and find that the work does not get done according to plan
3) Have a rough sketch of the outline (maybe in your head) and write as you feel like, allowing early incubation time, which makes it a rush to meet the deadline
4) Rush straight in and sort out the structure a bit later
Please indicate your personality type as I want to match them up without second guessing.
Option 3, mostly. I tend to have a rough outline, jump in and plow through it, getting everything down in one sitting (if possible) and editting and working on the structure as I go, then I leave it to sit for a few days (or a day, if I'm tight on time). After that I go back in with some giant, imaginary shears and cut out anything I don't need until I think I have the leanest bits of what I mean to say.
"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
3/4, but mostly 4. Get a rough idea of where I want to go and how I want to get there, let it stew in my brain, then, as the deadline approaches, barf all the ideas out, then edit, edit, edit.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers