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Dancing in Circles?

((Some of what follows may be vaguely spoilerish. Don't read if you hate spoilers).

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS just got a little shorter.

What's happened is, I've decided to move two completed chapters, from Arianne's POV, out of the present volume and into THE WINDS OF WINTER. This is something I've gone back and forth on. Arianne wasn't originally supposed to have any viewpoint chapters in DANCE at all, but there's this... hmmm, how vague do I want be? VERY vague, I think... there's this event that would of necessity provoke a Dornish reaction. The event was originally going to occur near the end of the book, but in one of my forty-seven restructures I moved it to the late middle instead. And the timeline then required that the Dornish reaction happen in this book and not the next one, so I wrote the two Arianne chapters and was going to write a third... and a chapter from another POV that would be a necessary complement to them, and...

But no, I've restructured again, and put the original precipitating event back close to the end of the book. Which means the Arianne chapters can be returned to WINDS, where I had 'em originally. It also means that I don't have to write that third Arianne chapter and the complementary chapter from the other POV... not yet, anyway... which moves DANCE two chapters closer to completion. (The move did mean I had to revise two chapters from another POV, which took place after the event in last week's draft, but now take place before said event, but fortunately that was just a matter of tweaking a couple of lines).

I suppose this is a good news/ bad news situation.

Bad news for those who want DANCE to be really, really, really long, as long as STORMS OF SWORDS or longer. This move makes DANCE four chapters (two written, one partly written, one entirely unwritten) shorter.

But it's good news for DANCE, since I'm now two chapters (the ones I hadn't finished) closer to completion. And hey, it's even good news for WINDS OF WINTER, since I now have four chapters done for that one (an Arya, a Sansa, and two Ariannes).

This, of course, is assuming that I don't change my mind again tomorrow and put everything back the way it was last week.

I am dancing, boys and girls, I'm dancing as fast as I can. But some days it does feel as if I am dancing in circles.


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Jul. 1st, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Dear God, I hope you don't plan to kill Quentyn...
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Just chiming in to say that we appreciate the dancing and are always grateful for the updates.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
"I am dancing, boys and girls, I'm dancing as fast as I can. But some days it does feel as if I am dancing in circles."

I like this line, I like it quite a lot. If you don't mind It's going to find itself up on my wall of quotations xD
Jul. 9th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Dances with your mind
Normally you can trust the narrator of a book like an old friend. They develop their characters making the heroes dear to the reader. You feel as though your taking a journey together that will be satisfying and memorable. In literature we have predictably, the boy gets the girl, saves the kingdom, evil in the end is kept at bay. But not, with George R R Martin.... the main character is more likely fall in the bathtub after he and the readers have invested chapter after chapter in the saga leaving the reader feeling as betrayed as if you'd just killed superman in the 3rd act so boom the world ends. It is in a word shear genius bleakness, while stunned beyond words at the audacity and complete daring it must have taken to massacre nearly the entire cadre of main characters in the 11th hour one must, when done grieving, give kudos to the author for the boldness of the pen stroke that results in complete shifts in direction the plot of his books have taken. OK its page XXX... he in some cases randomly killed the heroes, Mr Martin starts over developing the nobody here to for barely mentions and even this nobody once developed rooted for and loved by the readers may die . do the fans have closure... maybe not.... did they learn something.... some do... some don't get it.... throw formula and predictability out the window when George R R Martin is holding the pen.... What you expect is not in the cards chaos is. It makes me wonder if during the writing there are hit dice George rolls to keep it fresh that are waiting to take out a key figure at the next turn shocking even George.. Darn now what do I do... didn't expect that roll....

Keep up the good work.... or do what ever suits you... life isn't fair in the real world nor is it safe and now... thanks to George R R Martin... even literary heroes should metaphorically be looking over their shoulders. I can not stop smiling .... I am quite sure George R R Martin is part imp and I hope that does not ever change.
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
actually just want to know how soon we're gonna see it...:P how long or short, don't really mind
Martie Anderson
Dec. 24th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
We can wait
The most important thing is that you write the story you really want to write. We have all given our hearts to these characters and hope for happier days. Great tale. Keep it coming in at your own pace.
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