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Probably been asked before but just curious. What's everybody like in terms of planning with their threads? Like, how far in advance, if at all do you plan? What sorts of things do you plan, just feuds, PPV cards, the actual shows??

Personally i have a clear outline of what i wanna do all the way through to Wrestlemania in my thread in terms of feuds and cards set. Obviously things can change but there's an outline there. Was just wondering what other people's wonderful ways are.
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I will generally plan from one big PPV to the next in great detail, and everything following that will be rough plans that can change, which I would solidify as soon as I reach that point. So for example, if I were to start a thread from Wrestlemania, I would plan the definite PPV cards up until Summerslam and I will make a few notes or keep a mental plan of where that will lead to post Summerslam. Once I've reached Summerslam or I'm close to it, I will make those definite plans from Summerslam to Survivor Series, and then I will create mental notes to the next Wrestlemania.

Obviously I will have a general idea of what I want to do from Summerslam all the way to Wrestlemania, but I think this -month rotor thing works quite well, even though I'm yet to prove it. It allows for me to have structure PPV cards and some solid planning at least for a few months (BTB Time, which is more time than a lot of people can say they have reached) but it allows me to be able to change any plans I'm unsure of. However, say for example I was starting from Wrestlemania 22, I will know who I want where on the card for Wrestlemania 23 so if that means pushing Ken Kennedy for example, to main event at Wrestlemania 23, I will know in the back of my mind that everything Ken does over the 12 months has to be good, solid and progressive booking.

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I'll usually book an entire pay per view in advance and then I'll book the weekly matches up to the pay per view when I write the weekly shows. I personally don't like planning too much because there's been many times where I've changed my mind. I think it's important to have an idea of where you're going, like sort of a basic outline but anything more than that makes it difficult to adjust if you think of something new.

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I will generally plan from one big PPV to the next in great detail, and everything following that will be rough plans that can change, which I would solidify as soon as I reach that point. So for example, if I were to start a thread from Wrestlemania, I would plan the definite PPV cards up until Summerslam and I will make a few notes or keep a mental plan of where that will lead to post Summerslam. Once I've reached Summerslam or I'm close to it, I will make those definite plans from Summerslam to Survivor Series, and then I will create mental notes to the next Wrestlemania.

Obviously I will have a general idea of what I want to do from Summerslam all the way to Wrestlemania, but I think this -month rotor thing works quite well, even though I'm yet to prove it. It allows for me to have structure PPV cards and some solid planning at least for a few months (BTB Time, which is more time than a lot of people can say they have reached) but it allows me to be able to change any plans I'm unsure of. However, say for example I was starting from Wrestlemania 22, I will know who I want where on the card for Wrestlemania 23 so if that means pushing Ken Kennedy for example, to main event at Wrestlemania 23, I will know in the back of my mind that everything Ken does over the 12 months has to be good, solid and progressive booking.
Yeah this is how i think you're definitely going to have some success in terms of length in a thread. If you know exactly where you're going for a few months then that should give you the motivation to say 'I'm gonna hit that point', whilst having a rough idea of what's in store after that.
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I tend to plan a card of the upcoming "big 4" PPV whichever is the closest BTB time and than I think about how I am going to get to that card, start those specific feuds what-not. I dont plan everything in advance, maybe a slight outline at best because I have learned from experience that things change along the way and it never stays the way you planned it. Always better ideas come and go while writting it on teh fly.

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It depends on the thread with me. With my current ECW thread, I don't really have PPV cards already planned or anything, I have angles planned and roughly where I want to go with the thread planned too, yeah but not really much in terms of feuds, length of feuds, heel turns, face turns, that kind of stuff. With this, I'm somewhat going with the flow and I enjoy it more than planning heaps of stuff to be honest. With other threads I did, I planned stuff way in advance and never really liked it because I was constantly changing my mind and it annoyed me a bit and made me just give up with the threads because I wanted to start again and do this, that and the next thing. If any of that makes sense.
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Planning too far in advance can equal to the demise of a thread, people plan great feuds, turns and storylines for something like three or four months down the road BTB time, and than aren't motivated enough to write what they are donig now and want to be at that point of time already. Have no pateince. I am one to do this in the past as well. This leads to either them skipping ahead with recaps or starting a new thread.

Not planning at all in advance isn't good either, I am all for writting on the fly and letting creativity take it's course, but you have to have some sort of outline and direction even if it's the slightest thing, a main event feud you want to do, no need to pin down everybody on the roster to feuds cause then you eventually get burnt out and feel you are writting for a chore, and have no lee-way. Aren't free to do what you want. Confined, which too leads to most of the time a thread's demise.

Everyone should just do with the ammoutn of planning that they feel comfortable and happy with.

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Planning too far in advance can equal to the demise of a thread, people plan great feuds, turns and storylines for something like three or four months down the road BTB time, and than aren't motivated enough to write what they are donig now and want to be at that point of time already. Have no pateince. I am one to do this in the past as well. This leads to either them skipping ahead with recaps or starting a new thread.

Not planning at all in advance isn't good either, I am all for writting on the fly and letting creativity take it's course, but you have to have some sort of outline and direction even if it's the slightest thing, a main event feud you want to do, no need to pin down everybody on the roster to feuds cause then you eventually get burnt out and feel you are writting for a chore, and have no lee-way. Aren't free to do what you want. Confined, which too leads to most of the time a thread's demise.

Everyone should just do with the ammoutn of planning that they feel comfortable and happy with.
That's my problem a lot of the time, planning too far ahead. I love to plan, that's my favourite part of BTB is planning out cool storylines and feuds and dream matches and returns/debuts and all that good stuff. Like you said though, I lose motivation to do the stuff that I'm at, I want to be at the good stuff.


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I already tentatively know what major feuds I want to do for Summerslam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and Wrestlemania. Just going month by month on how I want to get there is the hard part. Obviously things change, but that's just how it is. It isn't easy. Just keep the motivation up and you'll be great.

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booking on the fly, it's an amazing thing.
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