You are viewing grrm

Previous Entry | Next Entry

I Broke the Internet

Spain
Sorry about that.

 The upload of the new sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER created so much traffic to my website and blog that the servers crashed.  This is the first time I've been able to get up myself all day.

 Anyway, it seems to be easing off some.  And we are looking at ways to increase capacity.

 The "reviews" of the chapter have been amazingly enthusiastic as well.  Thanks.   I am pleased that so many of you -- thousands and maybe tens of thousands, it would seem -- enjoyed "Mercy" so much.

 I mentioned that this chapter had quite a history.  It's true.  The first draft was written more than a decade ago.  Originally, it was intended to be the opening Arya chapter after the infamous "five year gap," her first appearance in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as initially conceived.   Then it was supposed to be a part of A FEAST FOR CROWS, after I abandoned the five year gap and split the books.  Then it was going to be the concluding Arya chapter in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.  But it seemed more like an opening chapter than a closing one, so shortly before ADWD was published my editor and I agreed to remove it from DANCE and shift it over into WINDS.  Of course, it has been revised, tightened, polished, and tweaked at every step of the way, so the version on my website has some significant differences from the "five year gap" version.

Some of you who enjoyed meeting Mercy may not have found the other sample we've put out there of late, a new Tyrion chapter.  That one is live and available with the ICE & FIRE app, and can be found at

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/george-r.-r.-martins-world/id570015223?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.randomhouse.woiaf

Enjoy the read.

Comments

Jeff Hartline
Mar. 27th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
Writing Process
Hi George,

Really enjoyed the chapter (and the previous ones you hosted on your site!). I was curious whether it's normal in your writing process to go through so many editions of a POV chapter? From what I understand, you had several chapters from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS that were written and re-written many times over, and one in particular (trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible) that you chose to forego after several attempts to write it. Is this a normal process for you in writing? Have you discovered similar struggles in writing some of the chapters for THE WINDS OF WINTER? Regardless, thank you so much for releasing this chapter and writing a great set of books!
grrm
Mar. 28th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Writing Process
I do rewrite quite a bit... well, after 1982, anyway... but I must admit, I did a lot more on FEAST and DANCE than anything before them. And not just polishes, but major restructings, like getting rid of the five-year gap, and my endless attempts to make that one Tyrion chapter work... (it never did). Those two books were bears.

So far, I have not done anywhere near as much rewriting on WINDS... but of course, it is not done yet.
rainieri
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: Writing Process
George, do you still have manuscripts for Feast/Dance when they still had the 5 year gap? I know that I am not the only one that would like to see what it looked like, however rough it might be. If you still do have the manuscripts is that something you would be willing to share eventually, maybe when the series is done?

Profile

Spain
grrm
George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

August 2014
S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner