Freewrites can be extremely useful for brainstorming and planning essays, and when you realize that after a couple of 25 minute freewrites you basically have around the 4000 words you will need at the end, it makes the whole task seem much easier. I wrote the former, so this guide will probably be biased in that direction. Won't hurt to read it though. On to the process. I'll set it out as a list because it's easier to read in pieces (quantized form, as my physics-filled mind suggests and because it's easier to find the place you're at for reference. The idea is to leave behind all considerations of form, structure, elegance, eloquence. And just write. The brain is a much faster instrument than the fingers, so after a while - almost magically - you'll find that it's harder to get everything down on paper than keep writing for the set time. Choosing the text(s). Some people will suggest choosing the literature you love best, but as this generally tends to be either Tolkien or Rowling (or, god forbid, Meyers I wouldn't recommend it. Though this is not part of a class the students do receive support and guidance from a subject supervisor and the extended essay supervisor. The topic is.
Research (iii research question. This is probably the hardest part of the entire process. When I wrote my extended essay I had a sort of essay written without a research question at all, and then I was trying to reverse-tailor it to make it make sense.
While the extended essay is an excellent opportunity to explore a topic of choice in depth, it is important that we adhere to the basic requirements of the IB.