Quotes / Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

It seems to me that I have just written something terribly stupid, but I have no time to correct it, as I said; besides, I give myself my word purposely not to correct a single line in this manuscript, even if I notice that I am contradicting myself every five lines.
Ippolit Terentyev, The Idiot

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E.L. Doctorow

We never worried about how we were gonna get him out [of various dilemmas]. If we did, we'd never get him in!
Chester Gould, to LIFE Magazine, on writing Dick Tracy

The thing that constantly astonishes me about doing Digger is how things I thought of two seconds before drawing the comic develop such a life of their own. Five hundred pages later, Ed is far and away the most beloved character in Digger, his cultureís been fleshed out in bizarre and intricate ways, but at the time I drew him, he was just some drooling hyena monster that I decided to throw at Digger because I couldnít get the muzzle right when I tried to draw a bear.
Ursula Vernon, regarding Digger

Thereís a popular theory within media criticism that says that, when plotting an extended storyline in a serialized medium, you should know where youíre going when you start. This, after all, helps with that whole Aristotelean unity thing. If you know the ending, you can set it up at the beginning. Many people - Alan Moore still visibly holds a grudge over this - say thatís what was wrong with Lost all along: that they were making it up as they go along.

You can't just dump something like Mount Weather on an audience and expect the audience not to ask questions. It is apparently the underground facility where the shadow government is hatching its plans from. Since when? In nine years we have never heard of such a complex — the real reason it exists is because Carter wanted his impressive pre-titles sequence. It is indicative of how he seems to be making this up as he goes along, right until the end.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "The Truth"

Experience the joy of fighting a monster who doesn't yet have item drops or art or messages for when it hits you. Thrill as you repeatedly click an item until we finish making it usable, at which point it probably generates a weird error message or deletes one of your other items or something. Express your complete lack of surprise as we reveal the dark truth behind KoL — that we have no idea what we are doing as game developers, but boy do we have fun while we do it.
Promo text for Kingdom of Loathing's first Twitch Livestream World Event

We started filming without a script, without a cast and without a shark.

Here were Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger walking up this cathedral, and halfway up Jack turns around and says, 'Why am I walking up all these stairs? Where am I going?' 'We'll talk about it when you get to the top!' I had to tell him that I didn't know.
Tim Burton on filming Batman

According to IMDB, they started filming without a completed script. No, they finished filming without a completed script.

The best moments in writing is when you discover you did something absolutely genius by accident.