Gardeners vs Architects

Main points:

  • There are two main types of writers: “discovery writers” and “outliners”.
  • Discovery writers are kind of like Gardeners, growing their story from some seed of an idea and not quite knowing where it will take them.
  • Outliners can be thought of as architects, mapping their story out from start to finish before they ever write a single word of prose.
  • Gardeners should watch out for “and then I guess it ends” type of endings.
  • Architects should watch out for “world builder’s disease”.

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