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Architects vs Gardeners
Architects vs Gardeners
Architects vs Gardeners
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Overview

No matter what you thought about the end of the HBO version of Game of Thrones, it’s worth considering George R.R. Ma ...

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Quod si ita se habeat, non possit beatam praestare vitam sapientia. Scaevola tribunus plebis ferret ad plebem vellentne de ea re quaeri. Videamus igitur sententias eorum, tum ad verba redeamus. Nunc reliqua videamus, nisi aut ad haec, Cato, dicere aliquid vis aut nos iam longiores sumus. Et quod est munus, quod opus sapientiae? Ne amores quidem sanctos a sapiente alienos esse arbitrantur. Nondum autem explanatum satis, erat, quid maxime natura vellet. Atqui eorum nihil est eius generis, ut sit in fine atque extrerno bonorum. Ego vero volo in virtute vim esse quam maximam; Quem Tiberina descensio festo illo die tanto gaudio affecit, quanto L.

Ipse Epicurus fortasse redderet, ut Sextus Peducaeus, Sex. Putabam equidem satis, inquit, me dixisse. Quid censes in Latino fore? Scio enim esse quosdam, qui quavis lingua philosophari possint; Quod non faceret, si in voluptate summum bonum poneret. Efficiens dici potest. At habetur! Et ego id scilicet nesciebam! Sed ut sit, etiamne post mortem coletur? Praeteritis, inquit, gaudeo. Bork Nullum inveniri verbum potest quod magis idem declaret Latine, quod Graece, quam declarat voluptas.

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Actionable Takeaways
  • Understand your preference and strengths. 

Do you naturally lean towards being an Archite ...

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Limitations

The main limitation of this model is when it is applied as a binary choice when in reality there is an interplay and overlap between the approaches. In addition, some might argue that even though some people appear to be Gardeners, they actually have an implicit sense of planning that is not being stated or so consciously surfaced. 

In Practice

George R.R. Martin as a Gardener.

Martin points out that he leans more towards being a gardener, and describes how he started writing Game of Thrones having imagined a scene of a family finding wolves. He had a broad idea of the setting but effectively had to define it as he wrote, only creating the map when he was quite far into the story. 

This fascinating Twitter thread by academic Daniel Silvermint argues that the failure of the final season of Game of Thrones was because Martin was a Gardener, yet the show writers had to write the final season without his text and relied on an Architect approach to draw the story to a conclusion. 

J.K. Rowling as an architect. 

Rowling used what has become known as a ‘story grid’ to plot out her stories. The following is part of her outline for Order of the Phoenix. 

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Origins & Resources

This concept is from George R.R. Martin’s description of writing approaches which he outlines in this quote:  

“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. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”

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