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What kind of author are you?

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Are you a gardener writer or an architect writer? - Understand what types of writers are and find out which one you are

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This story of writer-gardener and writer-architect came up after a quote by George R. R. Martin. When asked in an interview how he developed his stories, the author of great successes such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Ice and Fire Chronicles" gave a curious answer:

"I think there are two kinds of writers, the architects and the gardeners. Architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect builds a house. They know how many rooms the house will have, what kind of roof it will have, where the wires will be running, what kind of plumbing it will have... They have the whole thing designed and drawn out before they even nail the first plank. Gardeners, on the other hand, dig a hole, throw in a seed, and water it. They kind of know what kind of seed it is; they know whether they've planted a fantasy seed or a mystery seed or whatever. But as they water it and the plant grows, they don't know how many branches it will have, they find that out as it grows. I'm much more of a gardener than an architect." - George R. R. Martin

Thus, the architect writer is the one who follows a more organized and rational writing model, with enough awareness of each stage of his story and a clear planning of how to get there.

The gardener writer, on the other hand, has a more intuitive and spontaneous writing style, throwing himself into the process with a pioneering spirit, discovering the direction of his story little by little as the facts unfold.

There is no better or worse way of writing, both have their strengths. An architect writer has an easier time "tying the knots" of his story, but can end up leaving little room for spontaneity, creating narratives that are not very innovative. The gardener writer, on the other hand, brings more feeling and creativity to his productions, but people of this profile have a greater tendency to get lost among poorly organized ideas and abandon their projects.

Therefore, the best way is to always recognize the potential of both types of profiles and try to fit your writing process somewhere in between, leaving room for a fluid and creative writing, but also considering that the mind needs a certain organization to produce more.

Which profile do you fit best?

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