1. Call for papers comes out.
“That looks so interesting, and the conference is in a cool place! I have to submit something. Do I have something already written? Nah, but the New Direction will spur me to do better work.”
2. Acceptances/rejections come out.
If I didn’t get in: Mildly sad, then “Oh, well, that’s a relief.”
If I did get in: “Hooray, hooray! So excited to go and present this work that I haven’t written yet.”
3. Months intervening.
“I’m doing the research, but I really ought to write the paper well ahead. Nah, I’ve got this Deadline on Another Thing- Crisis Level Admin Task – Teaching and prep – Papers to Grade. I have lots of time.”
4. A couple of months or weeks before the conference.
“I said I’d write about WHAT? Who wrote this proposal?”
Read points 5-8 here.
HT: Inside Higher Ed