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13th Dec '16 7:06:10 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' is written without a StripBuffer, so the creators can stay up-to-date on gaming news. Different reason for the trope, same idea. It helps that it's a gag-a-day strip, rather than needing any sort of continuity.


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* ''Webcomic/CheckPlease'''s creator has stated that she has planned the most important plot point very thoroughly, but everything in between is pretty much this.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' is written without a StripBuffer, so the creators can stay up-to-date on gaming news. Different reason for the trope, same idea. It helps that it's a gag-a-day strip, rather than needing any sort of continuity.
5th Dec '16 9:36:59 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* The majority of Music/IronMaiden's album ''The Book of Souls'' was written, rehearsed once or twice and then recorded right on the spot- mostly so the band could keep a feeling of freshness and spontaniety in the music. Only two songs were pre-planned- the two Dickinson compostions, "If Eternity Should Fail" (which was originally meant to be a solo album track) and the closing [[EpicRocking 18-minute]] "Empire of the Clouds" (which took at least a month or two to write and was composed on a piano).



* The majority of Music/IronMaiden's album ''The Book of Souls'' was written, rehearsed once or twice and then recorded right on the spot- mostly so the band could keep a feeling of freshness and spontaniety in the music. Only two songs were pre-planned- the two Dickinson compostions, "If Eternity Should Fail" (which was originally meant to be a solo album track) and the closing [[EpicRocking 18-minute]] "Empire of the Clouds" (which took at least a month or two to write and was composed on a piano).
5th Dec '16 9:35:41 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* The majority of Music/IronMaiden's album ''The Book of Souls'' was written, rehearsed once or twice and then recorded right on the spot- mostly so the band could keep a feeling of freshness and spontaniety in the music. Only two songs were pre-planned- the two Dickinson compostions, "If Eternity Should Fail" (which was originally meant to be a solo album track) and the closing [[EpicRocking 18-minute]] "Empire of the Clouds" (which took at least a month or two to write and was composed on a piano).
28th Nov '16 1:04:01 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The series has many examples of ThrowItIn and such but the identity of the killer wasn't meant to be revealed in the first place and happened only because of [[ExecutiveMeddling the network forced Lynch and Frost's hands]]. This, of course, doesn't make it any less this trope, or rather it could be considered even better example.

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** The series has many examples of ThrowItIn and such but the identity of the killer wasn't meant to be revealed in the first place and happened only because of [[ExecutiveMeddling the network forced forcing Lynch and Frost's hands]]. This, of course, doesn't make it any less this trope, or rather it could be considered even better example.
28th Nov '16 1:03:34 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* WordOfGod has admitted that they started writing ''Series/TwinPeaks'' not knowing who had killed Laura Palmer.
** The series has many examples of ThrowItIn and such but the identity of the killer wasn't meant to be revealed in the first place and happened only because of ExecutiveMeddling. This, of course, doesn't make it any less this trope, or rather it could be considered even better example.
** After revealing who killed Laura Palmer they didn't have a clear idea how to keep Agent Cooper in the series, and with Lynch busy on over projects, the writers struggled throughout series two for the show to have a focus.

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* WordOfGod Creator/DavidLynch and Mark Frost [[WordOfGod has admitted admitted]] that they started writing ''Series/TwinPeaks'' not knowing who had killed Laura Palmer.
** The series has many examples of ThrowItIn and such but the identity of the killer wasn't meant to be revealed in the first place and happened only because of ExecutiveMeddling.[[ExecutiveMeddling the network forced Lynch and Frost's hands]]. This, of course, doesn't make it any less this trope, or rather it could be considered even better example.
** After revealing who killed Laura Palmer they didn't have a clear idea how to keep Agent Cooper in the series, and with Lynch busy on over projects, the writers struggled throughout much of series two for the show to have a focus.
28th Nov '16 1:00:53 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. The writers' commentary on the DVD makes it clear that ''a lot'' of stuff was made up episode-by-episode. Especially irritating when every episode began with the statement "... and they have a plan." Many viewers found this especially apparent in the plot points involving the identity of the Final Five cylons, leading to images like [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/9/2/6/125926_v1.jpg this one.]] It really came back to bite them when they decided that the "Final Five" Cylons should be different than the others, and have the last five model numbers. Trouble was, it had been built in the show from the start that there were twelve models, and they'd already given one of them the number Eight. So the writers had to quickly insert a piece of backstory that another model had been judged so corrupted (read: wanting to be human) that all copies were destroyed permanently.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. The writers' commentary on the DVD makes it clear that ''a lot'' of stuff was made up episode-by-episode. Especially irritating when every episode began with the statement "... and they have a plan." plan" (until it was quietly dropped from the titles during the last season). Many viewers found this especially apparent in the plot points involving the identity of the Final Five cylons, leading to images like [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/9/2/6/125926_v1.jpg this one.]] It really came back to bite them when they decided that the "Final Five" Cylons should be different than the others, and have the last five model numbers. Trouble was, it had been built in the show from the start that there were twelve models, and they'd already given one of them the number Eight. So the writers had to quickly insert a piece of backstory that another model had been judged so corrupted (read: wanting to be human) that all copies were destroyed permanently.
27th Nov '16 2:43:20 PM eroock
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* Clifford Odets was hired on short notice to rewrite the script to ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess''. As soon as he had finished writing a scene in his hotel room, it was rushed to the location for director Alexander Mackendrick to shoot. According to Burt Lancaster biographer Gary Fishgall, pages were distributed to the crew after they had been shot.
27th Nov '16 1:51:24 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Like most things, this can be done well, or badly. TheChrisCarterEffect and KudzuPlot is what happens when Writing by the Seat of Your Pants leaves too many loose plot threads.

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[[TropesAreTools Like most things, this can be done well, or badly.badly]]. TheChrisCarterEffect and KudzuPlot is what happens when Writing by the Seat of Your Pants leaves too many loose plot threads.
27th Nov '16 1:50:46 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* This was the case with much of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. Different interviews with writers across the series reveals that many things about the series' plot was more or less constantly in flux and changed around quite a bit as members of the writing team were added or left (most notably the lead writer for the first ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Drew Karpyshyn, left around half-way through the production of [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]] and was replaced by Mac Walters). According to interviews in the interactive documentary about [[VideoGame/MassEffect the third game]], ''Final Hours'', the (quite controversial) ending was not decided upon up until a few months before the game's release.
26th Nov '16 11:12:19 AM KingLyger
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* ''UsefulNotes/NaNoWriMo'', the National Novel Writing Month challenge, actually advises this as a way to complete it. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November; as such, some writing by the seat of your pants is not only expected, but encouraged. "NoPlotNoProblem" is their ''official motto''.
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