“I've been struggling with it”: George RR Martin on ‘The Winds of Winter’

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Speaking of cold takes:

“The show has achieved such popularity around the world, the books have been so popular and so well reviewed, that every time I sit down I’m very conscious I have to do something great, and trying to do something great is a considerable weight to bear,” Martin said. “On the other hand, once I really get rolling, I get into the world. The rest of the world vanishes, and I don’t care what I’m having for dinner, what movies are on, what my email says or who’s mad at me this week because The Winds of Winter isn’t out – all that is gone and I’m just living in the world I’m writing about. But it’s sometimes hard to get to that almost trance state.”

I mean, on one hand you have to feel for the guy. The weight of this must be simply massive. It would be without the show. But the show, its popularity, the fact that it has passed the books, must compound this feeling significantly. On the other, this is what you do. GRRM clearly loves writing and so he keeps distracting himself to avoid the job at hand. He needs to force himself to do it, for the sake of all of us.

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