Are you a writer who sees the ending before it's written? Perhaps I should ask this a different way...
Are you a person who plans long-term? Or do you see what is right in front of you, the here and now?
On page 228 of The Sherlockian, Graham Moore writes, "The thing (Harold) most remembered about her...was her ability to live entirely in the present. She was able to accept the joys and misfortunes in front of her as they came, without wondering endlessly when the joys would end or the misfortunes would life. Harold was paralyzed by endings."
And, there are negatives. I, for one, am not a planner. I don't save and I don't clip coupons and I don't think about the trips we'll take when our children are out of the house. I want the trips now and I want to have fun now. Long-termers seem to have a little trouble letting go of worries in order to enjoy what's right in front of them.
But in book writing, it has to be better to be a long-term thinker, right? Take it from one who is not: this is the case. I don't see an ending, I see chapter by chapter. I might see parts of my characters' makeup, but not the whole of him/her until I write them. I am a writer who writes when I feel like it, not at a set time every day. I live my life the same way--and it's been known to cause a problem or two in my house.
So, are you a 'Harold' writer or a 'Michele' writer?