Gardeners versus Architects

George RR Martin has some interesting things to say about writing. I agree with him, quite strongly, here. I may have issues with his books, but I think he nails this.

I, too, am more of a gardener in this metaphor than an architect. But GRRM notes that it’s important to do some architecture along the way, and I totally agree with that. I won’t outline an entire novel, but I’ll outline a particularly complex scene or sequence of scenes. In general, though, I love to just scatter little plot ideas and notions here and there, and see which things come back as important things and which don’t.
As I go back through the manuscript to Princesses In SPACE!!! (not the actual title), I am noticing a lot of those tiny little details that I just threw in willy nilly, and now some of them are striking me as having some potential down the line.
Writing is awesome!
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2 Responses to Gardeners versus Architects

  1. SK Waller says:

    I like this so much. According to this, I too am a gardener.

  2. the author says:

    Trust George to come up with a beautiful analogy for both sides of the equation. I'm happy to be mostly an architect writer who grows dialogue in the gardens. 🙂

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