After openly admitting that he had the mother of all writers’ blocks around ‘The Winds Of Winter‘, the sixth book in the A Song Of Fire And Ice series, George R.R. Martin has revealed that he has retreated to a cabin that he likes to hunker down in when he needs to finish work without distraction.

In a profile for The Wall Street Journal, the Game Of Thrones creator refused to disclose the exact location of the remote mountain hideaway, but at least it’s promising that he’s pushing himself to work through the creative block and finally finish off the sixth book that’s now taken him seven years to write.

A savvy GoT fan has connected the dots about Martin’s reclusive techniques, noting that he previously isolated himself to finish off 2011’s ‘A Dance With Dragons‘, meaning that we might, just slightly possibly maybe, get an announcement about the book’s release soon? Maybe? It’s a big guess, and I don’t want you to all get your hopes up.

George R.R. Martin has previously admitted that the book itself is a lot more involved than he first thought – it’s more of a series of novels exploring the goings-on in Westeros from a range of lead protagonists. So look, fair enough it’s taken him a bloody age to pen it all down.

Not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion. So it’s very, very challenging.

The Winds Of Winter‘ is the penultimate book in the A Song Of Fire And Ice series, and considering Martin is now 70 years old, everyone’s got their fingers crossed that he’ll be able to finish ‘A Dream Of Spring‘ and close the lid on the full series that blossomed in his mind 27 years ago.

If you’re pining for more of his writing before then, ‘Fire & Blood‘, the prequel book to the whole series, is due for release on November 20 (that’s tomorrow!) so you can pour yourself into the rich history of the monarchy of the Targaryen family, starting with Aegon the Conqueror, centuries before Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen got together and made us all feel a bit HMMM about old mate unknowingly shacking up with his aunty.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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