George R.R. Martin on next SoIaF book: 'It'll be done when it's done’

Hey, all you Song of Ice and Fire fans getting annoyed about George R.R. Martin taking his sweet time with the next book — the author has a message for you.

In a great chat with the Sydney Morning Herald, Martin opened up about the backlash he sometimes gets from fans about his slow-paced writing style. Basically? He understands the frustration, and respects the fans, but he wishes folks would just back off and let him work.

Admittedly, it wasn’t much of a concern until HBO’s hit adaptation Game of Thrones got rolling — but now the series is closing the gap with the latest books in the series, and that could create some problems if they run out of story.

Here’s what Martin had to say about it:

“It is great that so many people are eager for the next book and certainly these are the people who are paying my bills and allowing me to have a house across the street from my other house. But at the same time, sometimes I just wish they would stop pressuring me about it. It will be done when it's done. I'm working on it. I don't know what else I can say: I'm a slow writer, I've always been a slow writer, and these are gigantic books…

As the show comes closer and closer, I need to go faster and faster. I have told them [Benioff and Weiss] some of where I am going, so I think they know the ultimate destination, but I have to not allow them to catch me.”

Martin also talked about his unique writing style, and how he manages to stay sane while jumping between narrators and telling the story from several different points of view along the way:

"On good days I vanish into Westeros and the real world goes away and I spend the day dealing with my characters. There are bad days too, when there are a lot of distractions. The real world is always a threat to the imaginary world. These days there are certain things that come with success.  I am not just a writer but a business, so I have three assistants. Seven years ago I had none.

To my mind, [character] is one of the most crucial things, but the writing, the prose, how you evoke a scene, is something you spend a lot of time on. How to bring it alive and put your reader there and evoke all the right sounds,  smells and sights, so that they don't feel they are just reading it, they are living it. That is always the goal, the struggle.”

For anyone who is a fan of Martin, the full interview is well worth a read. But we've got to know — are you worried the show will catch up with the books?

(Via Sydney Morning Herald)

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