Off The Cuff, or Planned?

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Posted at: Feb 26, 2008 at 8:10 PM 
When you write something for this site, do you write "off the cuff", or do you spend time planning it all out in your mind before you write?

Do you ever find that you write your best stuff without planning ahead?

Posted at: Feb 26, 2008 at 8:37 PM 
Sometimes I plan ahead, but a lot of times I just start something out without any plan or conclusion in mind.

Sometimes those off-the-cuff ideas turn out great, because I come up with an idea that I really like after I get started. :)

Posted at: Feb 27, 2008 at 4:00 AM 
Hmm...mine is always off the cuff. I never plan first. You can kind of tell that I don't plan ahead if you read Long Long Ago, In A Galaxy Far Far Away - that just goes nowhere. (But I had a lot of fun going nowhere!) :D

Posted at: Feb 27, 2008 at 5:52 AM 
When I first started on the site, I was winging it all the time. And I think that shows - my first posts weren't as good. About the time I started writing fables, I started thinking it through before writing, and I think my writing got a lot better then.

Posted at: Feb 27, 2008 at 7:43 AM 
A lot of my writing is off the cuff, or set up by my emotions. One of my pieces was inspired by reading what someone else wrote, and another "happy Valentines day" was inspired by the writing prompt, yet I had to dump some sad emotions before I could write happy stories.

My serial story "of Quills and Quarrels" was first started from an inspiration of friends, yet I moved away from friends and am having trouble finding where it is going... but I have only posted a little bit of it so far, hopefully by the time you guys see the end, I will know where it went

(I don't know quite how to link to my works on the forums so I didn't)

Posted at: Feb 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM 
To link to a piece of writing, do like this:


Which would look like this:

View of Mount Katahdin from Patten, Maine

Just replace the number with the ID of the piece you want to link to.

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 10:40 AM 
All of mine are off the cuff. I rarely plan. Though for the book I wrote, I had to plan it. When I first started it, I had no idea where it was going, and you can completely tell that I didn't, but after I had finished the first draft I knew I had to explain more and plan more. For short stories and poems, I just get an idea, and write it down. If anybody read what I wrote down, they wouldn't be able to understand what it says. Not just because I have terrible handwriting, but because it says weird stuff. For example, with my poem Mine to Hold, Mine to Love my note to myself was 'sadie.'

Strangely enough, most of my ideas come when I lay in bed. :) I keep a notebook and pen next to my bed at night so I don't have to get up. My sister gets so mad at me. :)

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM 
Why would she be that?

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM 
Because we share a room. Paper makes noise. :)

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM 
Not much.

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM 
Yes, but she is a very light sleeper. :)

Josiah T.
Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 5:07 PM 
lol. You think it's bad sharing a room with your sister, I share a room with three brothers. Including bozo up there above you. *evil grin*

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM 
LOL. Yeah, I feel lucky to be sharing a room with only one sister. A couple of years ago there was six of us in one room. Now that's crowded! :):)

Josiah T.
Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 5:21 PM 
lol. That's nothing. I have friends who, a couple years ago, had seven boys in one little bunkhouse! Since then, two of them have moved, but still... :-)

Sylvan Sylph
Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 9:02 PM 
I do a mix of planning and off the cuff. Sometimes something just jumps into my head and I sit down and write it. Other times I'll try to work through ideas before I sit down and write. I often discard several ideas before picking one I think will work. (Not that I've done much writing just for the site yet, but that's how I write in general.)

Posted at: Feb 28, 2008 at 10:32 PM 
I don't think I can plan. The stuff I write is the stuff I would read. I have tried to plan, but I just end up staring at a blinking line on Word. :) I do write for a paper, but that is non fiction. :)

Josiah T.
Posted at: Feb 29, 2008 at 5:38 AM 
Haha. More often than not, I have to plan out what I write (as in the case of my fantasy trilogy) but the two posts I wrote last night were more or less off the cuff. Although, not really, I guess, coz I'd had the ideas brewing for a while...

Posted at: Feb 29, 2008 at 8:48 AM 
I just get a thought in my head and write it down. My brain works harder than my hand though. I think that's why no one can read my hand writing...:) Most of the time, the story changes a lot. Sometimes, when I finish a story or poem, I realize that it has almost nothing to do with the orginal thought plan. :) That's what happened to my short story, Welfare Christmas :)

Kenzie Fell Down
Posted at: Feb 29, 2008 at 6:31 PM 
I mostly will be thinking on an idea for days, planning out possible endings, good lines, descriptive bits, only to go in to type it or write it and find that I've forgotten half of what I had. Occasionally I write something just out of nowhere, like my fly eye one. That hit me at 2 in the morning. Luckily, my sister's a deep sleeper.

Posted at: Mar 1, 2008 at 6:58 AM 
*laughs at Kenzie*

I don't think I've ever written a story that I didn't think hard about first. Usually, I get an idea and then have to put it on hold because of schoolwork. But it keeps coming back and I add to it each time it pops back into my head and... Voila! Two weeks later I can sit down and write it out. Of course, it doesn't always take two weeks, but sometimes it does. :-)

There are a couple of writing prompts that I wrote without planning as much as usual, but I still did quite a bit of planning.
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