I'm Late, I'm Late
And while I do it for myself, there are also a dozen or two people who read and enjoy them, which makes it an especially worthwhile way to spend the time.
That said, I have a few rules for myself as I write them:
I never start the essays before August 1st. The list of prompts comes out in July or earlier, but aside from getting a copy as prep for the event, I never start writing anything ahead of time. I thought this might make things easier, but I don't for two reasons.
- Writing them in real time tends to keep them fresh, and make them "fun" rather than a chore I'm trying to accomplish.
- Sometimes, events happen during the essays and things that are playing out in my world, or going on in my life have an effect on the outcome of the essay.