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    Is it wise?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Sham, Jan 12, 2011.

    Is it wise to write a story if you don't plan anything?
     
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    Is it necessary to live one's life by planning out every last little aspect and detail, creating a plan B, C and D for every possible contingency, and sticking to the plan right down to the tiniest little facet?

    Think of writing a story as a bit like life. Some people live spontaneously, in the moment, and seem to do just fine... for others it takes careful planning, while for others still it's a mixture of both.

    Don't ask if it's a good idea or not. Just jump out and write! It's not like you'll be risking anything, and you'll get an answer soon enough -- when your attempt peters out into nothing more than a stillborn attempt at a story, or -- conversely -- suddenly takes on a life of its own.
     
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    Planning distracts me. I like to free think when I write. I scribble down general ideas and possible additions, but I don't actually plan out anything with outlines or the like. It's too structured for my...rather free spirit... ;D
     
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    When I come up with short stories, I'll generally think of a single line and start writing.

    I'm as surprised as the potential reader by the time the thing's through.
     
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    most good writers write 'by the seat of their pants'... some need to plan first... there's no right or wrong, wise or foolish... just what works...
     
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    If you, like me find that your writing spirals out of control, then some planning wont go amiss.
     
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    I'm not sure Wisdom has anything to do with it, to be frank. I've written long and elaborate stories without any planning but as f late I have found I crave a little more structure, so I like to outline.
     

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