it takes great skill, a destroyed sleeping pattern and lots and lots of coffee.
Just drink a can of bison and you are good to go.
Some people write better under intense pressure.
Lucky you! Did you still write a plan/read anything?
I haven't planned any essay I've done since I got to Uni. Never had one printed out more than a few hours before it needed to be handed in and had fairly mixed results. Usually start reading at least a week before but never in a very focused manner and I fail to find the motivation to get into the essay itself more than a couple of days before a deadline.
3000 words by tomorrow. No reading, no books, no plan.
Wish me luck my procrastinating brethren.
I do this only because I'm a lazy ***** and queen of procrastination. I also live by the fear and need it to do anything important. I've honestly tried to write essays ages before the deadlines but tbh watching old episodes of ER or watching that bit of dust in the air for hours to see where its gonna float to next always seems like a better idea at the time. That being said, I usually start it 2 days before the deadline because doing it the night before is hell. To do it I usually need to have some basic knowledge of the subject and I just write it all then as I go along I look up the topic of a paragraph in an index of a book and throw in a quote to make it look nicely researched. With some coke, chocolate, red and purple skittles (yellow ones are counter productive and made of evil) and an epic playlist it gets done. Write it in chunks, maybe set yourself a goal and when you reach it give yourself a reward. I try and aim for 500 words an hour with little breaks now and then and when I hit 1000 I have a big ish break and pat myself on the back.
There were a couple of occasions when, due to being way too good at procrastination for my own good, I had to spend all the day and night before writing an essay from scratch. I'd bring all my books with me to the computers in the library first thing in the morning and just stay there all day (if I stayed in my house then I'd have been distracted all the time with stuff my housemates got up to, that I'd want to join in with). I'd try to do a certain amount of words every hour, and after every couple of hours I'd have a 10 or 15 minute break. Sometimes I'd have done a lot of the planning for the essay beforehand, so I could get with the actual essay pretty well, but at other times I'd just have to do it all completely from scratch as I went along.
I didn't have a laptop or PC of my own, so when the library closed in the evening I'd have to print off what I'd done so far and take it home with me. I'd carry on with the essay by hand all through the night, eating snacks I'd bought earlier to keep me going, and then arrive at the library first thing again, type up everything I'd done overnight, and carry on until 10 minutes before 12 o'clock, when I had to print it off and run to the History department to hand it in.
I didn't always cut it so fine though. There were quite a few times when although I did have to stay up all the night before, it wasn't because I'd left it all until the last minute; instead it was because although I had done a lot of reading beforehand and had made a decent start, I then got completely bogged down and got writer's block, and before I knew it I had almost no time left to complete it in.
If it isn't due for tomorow it's not homework.