“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.”
George R.R. Martin

I love Martin’s analogy. When he says, “They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever,” I get a chuckle. My original idea fit the Historical Fiction genre, I can only fit in the broader category of literary fiction, now. The Game of Thrones has Historical Fiction and Fantasy elements, but I suspect most will place it in the Fantasy category. Martin considered taking out the dragons and other Fantasy elements, at one time, but his sister saw the greatness in his Fantasy and told him to keep the dragons.

Each scene grows from seeds of thought. My next scene is partially about seeds. I thought up the scene, a while back, but it fit as the final scene of the chapter and nothing else was written. I know my plot for this scene but I rather use a decorating analogy, at this stage Maybe, I grew a Christmas tree.


One thought on “Seeding a Novel

  1. I finished the first book of The Game of Thrones and watched total four series of TV shows. Both enjoyed very much. I like his language. It was a pleasure of fantasy. Amusing! Yet I can’t define myself as architect or gardener. Maybe I’m just a simple builder to built something “unique”, that’s all. 🙂


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