The host for our next show would like to incorporate off stage planning during the long form portion of the show. In rehearsal, I find this distracting and causing forcing of ideas. I have made the statement that off stage conversation among troupe members to establish the "beats" of the long form once the prompt has been secured from the audience negates the definition of improv. I have decidedly avoided participating in the brainstorming off stage as others play out scenes of a story arch and have contributed more spontaneously focusing on the character I have chosen to assume in the story I am observing being played out. This has caused comments from the other actors following the show such as "The plan made off stage was for Jim and me to go out and steal the gold but then Amy (me) went out and buried the gold". I defended my actions by saying I was focused on what was happening on stage and was motivated by my character choice and not by the distracting whispered discussion going on off stage. What is your opinion of the value of and appropriateness of off stage planning during long form improv?