The 71-year-old is hard at work on The Winds of Winter from his remote mountain cabin. And in his latest blog post George RR Martin has shared an update on his writing struggles with fans. The Game of Thrones creator brought up his ASOIAF characters as he reflected on the flawed heroes of history.
Martin wrote: “Dwelling where I am now, deep in the heart of Westeros, I find myself surrounded by my characters, the children of my mind and heart and soul.
“They are real to me, as I write them, and I struggle to make them real to my readers as well.
“All of them are flawed, from the best to the worst.
“They do heroic things, they do selfish things.”
The Winds of Winter author continued: “Some are strong and some are weak, some smart and some stupid.
“The smartest may do stupid things.
“The bravest may have moments when their courage fails.
“Great harms may be done from the noblest motives, great good from motives vile and venal.”
The 71-year-old added: “Life is like that, and art should reflect that, if it is to remain true.
“Ours is a world of contradiction and unintended consequences.”
A couple of weeks ago, Martin shared an extensive blog post on his Winds of Winter writing process.
He updated: “I am back in my fortress of solitude again, my isolated mountain cabin.”
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Martin continued: “I am back on the mountain again… which means I am back in Westeros again, once more moving ahead with WINDS OF WINTER.
“Everyone morning I wake up and go straight to the computer, where my minion brings me coffee (I am utterly useless and incoherent without my morning coffee) and juice, and sometimes a light breakfast.
“Then I start to write. Sometimes I stay at it until dark.
“Other days I break off in late afternoon to answer emails or return urgent phone calls.”
The author added: “My assistant brings me food and drink from time to time. When I finally break off for the day, usually around sunset, there’s dinner.
“Then we watch television or screen a movie. he wi-fi sucks up on the mountain, though, so the choices are limited. Some nights I read instead.
“I always read a bit before going to sleep; when a book really grabs hold of me, I may read half the night, but that’s rare.
“I sleep. The next day, I wake up, and do the same. The next day, the next day, the next day.”
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