Reposted: Writing Week – moving from complicated to complex

Take a look at this excellent piece by Mr. Winchester, readers:

Writing Week – moving from complicated to complex

There’s probably some irony in trying to make the subject of complexity itself a simple discussion.

“It’s too easy to cross the line from complex to complicated. And complicated is bad.”
-Chuck of SFDebris

If I was to describe the current state of storytelling, it would be as the “first draft era.” Frequently I find myself describing movies (and some other stories) as “a solid first draft effort.” Why?

To me there is one clear sign of the first draft of a story vs a later, polished draft. The first draft is pretty complicated, while the later drafts are complex. What does this mean?

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