Why writing is more like gardening than constructing a building


The plotting part of writing a novel is often compared to architecture, but one author is suggesting an alternative analogy.

Rather than seeing it as a rigid and precise process, Chris Fox compares it to tending a garden.

You plant seeds with an expectation of what will happen over the next few months, but nature is bound to throw you a few curveballs, if you’ll pardon our metaphor-mixing.

Fox discusses this — the thesis of his new book on craft — and other writing-related topics with Joanna Penn; you can read the transcript or listen to them chat on The Creative Penn.