Write like the Wind – Not

Game of thronesIf you’re waiting for G. R. R. Martin to finish ‘The Winds of Winter,’ Book 6 of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels — it won’t be published in 2015.  Just  some  “prequel novellas” based in Westeros which are expected later this year.  His publisher says: “These are increasingly complex books, and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

Season 5 of Game of Thrones is back on Sky Atlantic on 13th April, based on Book 4, A Feast for Crows, and parts of Book 5, A Dance With Dragons. Game of Thrones has large number of teenage actors who are growing up fast so HBO intend to end the show with Season 7 in 2017.

Two more novels were announced nearly a decade ago – The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. At the speed G. R. R. Martin writes, plus the length of the novels, it could be a long time before the last one is published.

Martin has said the TV show is like a “freight train” barrelling down on him, as he tries to lay track in front of it. The YouTube song imploring him to finish books six and seven, “Write Like the Wind,” is now nearly 3 years old.

He insists he’ll be done when he’s done – he may even expand the series to eight or nine books if he feels like it — it wouldn’t be the first time the number of books has grown. So the screen version may beat the book it was based on for the first time in history! Martin told show producers key plot points years ago to cover that eventuality. So he can, if he wants to, write prequels before he finishes the series …..

The final word goes to the author. At the 2013 Comic-Con event w00tstock., the musicians behind “Write Like the Wind,” began to sing their urgent instruction to Martin — who unexpectedly emerged on stage to destroy their guitars.

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One thought on “Write like the Wind – Not

  1. One of the earliest pieces of advice I had when I was learning the craft was ‘Three hundred words a day, every day…’ In a year, that’s just under 110K words and a nice length for an average novel. One a good day, with the wind behind you and all the characters behaving themselves, you can produce two thousand words in an hour… but then there are the days when every word has to be dragged kicking and screaming out of your subconscious. Readers who don’t write can’t be expected to realised it, but that novel you devour in a day has probably taken over a year to craft and polish and get to a state where you can fall into its world.

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