I begin planning my paper in my head as soon as I get the prompt, so it might sound like I'm on top of my game. The only problem is that I don't actually write my paper until the night before it's due.
I begin writing around 6 p.m. the night before a due date, and I type with the urgency of a looming deadline, making sentence level revisions as I go. By the time I've finished writing my body paragraphs, I usually realize my thesis has changed, so I make a pit stop at the introduction before moving on to the conclusion around midnight.
I read through my paper to ensure that my assertions, support, and explanation are all in working order. I then go to sleep and have sweet dreams in which my muse visits me with an idea for a new conclusion. (Nobody writes inspiring introductions when sleep-deprived.)
When I wake up, I rush to my laptop and rewrite the ending of my paper to make sure that it is both fresh and thought provoking. After a final review of my paper and some minor tweaking, I finally turn my essay in with a few hours to spare!
Disclaimer: Closed Course. Trained writer. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.