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    Default The Write Stuff: Deadline approaching

    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

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    Number four.

    This works for screenplays, but not for essays. They don't let me be creative, I have to have references and such so it isn't that easy to just write it through.

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    I go, basically, by number 3 and I'm an ENTP.

    But I'd add that I don't simply write quite as I feel like... I'll spurt out two pages... then check back, get references, tighten just enough to feel like it's passable, then move on in the same fashion. It's sort of running two steps, jumping back two, then plodding ahead two... then running ahead two, then jumping back two, then plodding ahead two... etc. if that makes any sense at all to you...

    The deadline thing is true though... I'd say at least 50% of my papers are handed in 10 minutes before due... though I've never handed a paper in late (2 years in college).
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    3's probably the closest although 2 can come into play at times. Basically unless I'm enthusiastic about the project it probably won't get done or will be a rush job

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    Thrown back and forth between 2 and 3 as a constant reaction to the other strategy. 1 and 4 never worked, I see 2 & 3 as backups for them...
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    (3) works best for me INXP/INTP
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    Depends what I'm writing. If it's just a short one page report for work, then usually 4). Otherwise, 3) is what I typically do. I nearly always leave things to the last minute - the words flow much better. If I start too early, I get a combination of writer's block and crappy writing. I'm INTP.
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    it depends on the genre I am writing in.

    But the natural instinct is 3 or 4.

    Meanwhile, I have tried #1/2, and I just cannot stick to the plan. A very general framework/org is helpful, but usually I only figure out what it is by having written a draft and explored the material to begin with.

    In college, I would percolate until the night before the assignment was due, then write it all in 3-6 hours
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    #3--INTJ

    I relate to #2 as well. I do like to allocate time for each section, and I never ever finish according to plan. However, usually I have already procrastinated for so long that I don't have time to formally plan the structure.

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