Why? I have attempted to be both a gardener and an architect while writing Cobbogoth, and after three years of floundering with several different manuscripts I'd been trying to "cultivate" or "grow," I discovered that I am most definitely NOT a gardener writer.
What's the difference? Well, if you're a gardener storyteller, you like to get down in the soil of your imagination and plant a bunch of different things, then see what grows. You don't really start with a plan, you just kind of start writing and see what comes from it. You "explore" the story as you write.
See, after I'd spent three years struggling over my story, I finally realized I had way to much going on in book 1. My second draft was 600 pages +, and could've easily become three entirely different books--I'd planted too many seeds. On my fifth attempt, I discovered the art of "blueprinting" or "outlining" as its more commonly known in the writing world, and it made all the difference. After that one outlining session--my son's three hour nap--I had it, the version of Cobbogoth you'll be able to read for yourself in a little more than two weeks! YAY! I'm in the process of "blueprinting" my second book in the Cobbogoth series right now, and I have to say, things are coming along so much quicker than when I started writing Cobbogoth, and I haven't even written a line of dialogue yet.
But, while "architecting" has worked for me, I have good friends who are extremely talented writers who "garden" their stories. Neither way is better than the other, however, understanding what kind of a writer you are will make the writing process all the better for you.
So, are you an architect or a gardener? Let's hear it.