Are You an Architect or a Gardener?



What is your writing style? Are you an architect or a gardener? This question is inspired by the following quote from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin:


I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners.


The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.


The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows.”


Does one of these two styles describe your own personal writing style? If so, let me know in the comments below if you are an architect or a gardener. Just in case you were wondering, Martin described himself as “much more a gardener than an architect.”


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