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Dance, Dance, Dance

Finished a Jon Snow chapter, and have just passed the 1100 page (manuscript pages, the page count in the final printed book will be different) mark on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. That's counting only finished chapters in something close to final form. I have considerably more in partials, fragments, and roughs.

Even with just the finished portions, DANCE is now longer than A FEAST FOR CROWS and A GAME OF THRONES, and I'm closing in on A CLASH OF KINGS. I do hope I can wrap things up before I approach the 1521 page length of A STORM OF SWORDS.

Making a new run at the Meereenese knot, but maybe not tomorrow. I think I'll hang around at the Wall a bit longer, and maybe visit Winterfell.


Oct. 8th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
can you blog about your writing process?
I just saw an authors@google presentation with Neal Stephenson. He said he writes in the morning, then goes and does normal work around his house in the afternoon. Stephen King said he needs to take a walk to think about his books.

anyway you can blog about what your routine is? Do you get some of your best ideas when your not trying to write? Do you talk over plot elements with friends?

I think a lot of your fans would find this interesting.
Oct. 8th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: can you blog about your writing process?
I'm not George, but he's answered this question in the past, and perhaps the answer then isn't too different from the answer now. For example, here is a report from Comic-Con 2006 where he is reported to describe his routine as follows:

"As for his writing process, he starts every day with his morning coffee, sits down, and tweaks what he wrote the day before. That usually gives him the momentum to keep going. Some days he "falls in through the computer screen" and next thing he knows it's dark and the coffee is still there and cold. On the other hand, some days he just checks his e-mail over and over."

It's not too different from his answers in earlier years to the same question.


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