What is Scaffolding?
Scaffolding is a means of controlling the development of a section of a creative work – or a creative work in its entirety in the case of a shorter text. In the Scaffolding, a framework of creative techniques is applied to the initial ideas (i.e. the Specific Ideas) which, when administered, will generate related creative ideas (i.e. General Ideas) and structure these into a first draft of creative work.
How does Scaffolding work?
- Scaffolding uses a series of creative steps – involving both the Lens-Illumination and Questioning Techniques. It begins with a specific idea. It then suggests other associated (general) ideas through the application of creative techniques such as Material Fusion – or any of the Glanside Simple Techniques.
- The Lens-Illumination process is then applied. The Lenses are formed by asking questions associated with the specific ideas. The Illumination comes both from responses to these question, and from the further application of techniques (Cultivation techniques and Mixology techniques are equally relevant).
- This Illumination process will lead to Points-of-Departure, which form the essential requirements – i.e. the warp – and creative enhancement – i.e. the weft – of the creative work under development. (The Warp & Weft approach is described in Essential Glanside).
- Further organisation, restructuring and revision of these Points-of-Departure will produce the draft passage. A series of draft passages will then lead to the first draft of the creative work.
- Rewriting, restructuring, redrafting is then essential to the completion of the finished piece.