In writing terms as an author myself, I thought this dual analysis of how a writer works was spot on.
The above title is a quote from the American author George R.R. Martin. He has written a five book series called:
A Song of Ice & Fire. His first book has been adapted for television as the series; Game of Thrones.
He said in an interview that there are two types of writer (in his opinon): The Architect and the Gardener.
An Architect he said knows his/her stuff from start to finish. He knows the layout of the building; where the plumbing and electricity goes. He knows from the ground up, how many rooms and floors there are going to be. He finally has a picture in his head of what the building will look like when it’s done.
The Gardener on the other hand, he said, starts with a seed that is planted in the soil as an idea. When it’s going to grow, the gardener has to wait and see. It’s not an exact science as to how big the plant will be and what shape it will really take on. It has a life of its own, unlike an Architect’s work that has to have everything exactly right.
I must admit that as a writer I am a Gardener rather than an Architect. I never know what shape my story will take until I start on the journey.
Some authors like to know where they are going, especially the end product. For me when my readers get to the end of my books they are as excited as I was writing it.
Obviously everyone has their own opinion on writing. The way George R.R. Martin sees it though, is the way in which I’ve always seen it too.
What do you think?
posted by Frances Thomas for Colin Parsons