My friend @steinbecks once described the two basic writing approaches (care of George R. R. Martin) as “the gardener” and “the architect.” A gardener starts with seeds of the story and sees what takes root, constantly uprooting and replanting, until the work as a whole satisfies them. An architect, on the other hand, works it out beforehand, carefully detailing the necessary steps and components before ever laying down the actual foundations, with no more than small, necessary adjustments along the way.

She’s a gardener, with draft upon draft to show for it. And I’m, well … 

Three guesses and the first two don’t count. 😛

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