On worldbuilding: The Nihilistic Architect and the Negligent Gardener

George R R Martin’s now famous analogy of the architect and the gardener distilled the craft of novel-writing into two distinct creative approaches. I would suggest this is a particularly useful analogy when thinking specifically about worldbuilding – the manner in which writers go about creating a fictional universe for their story to live within. … Continue reading On worldbuilding: The Nihilistic Architect and the Negligent Gardener

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What Photography Teaches Us About Writing

Before a photographer takes a photo, a lot of considerations run through her mind: composition, white balance, light sensitivity, aperture size, and more – all the variables that will help her achieve the most accurate exposure of the scene before her. She’ll also look for ways to impart her own impression of the image – … Continue reading What Photography Teaches Us About Writing

The Problem with Ideas-Driven Fiction (And How to Fix it)

Theme folds in meaning to our writing and gives a recognisable shape to the underlying structures that form the narrative. Without theme the narrative can feel flat or disjointed, but a strong theme provides an overall consistency that holds everything in place. Scenes, characters, and events take on new poignancy, attracting deeper sympathies. Most importantly, … Continue reading The Problem with Ideas-Driven Fiction (And How to Fix it)