George R.R. Martin is under a lot of pressure to finish his next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter, and we don’t know when he is going to finish that book. This has been a long tedious writing process for Martin and in a new interview with The Guardian, he clears up and explained openly why finishing the book has been a struggle for him:
“I’ve been struggling with it for a few years. The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players and antagonists and allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together in an extremely complicated fashion. So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood by contrast was very simple. Not that it’s easy, it still took me years to put together, but it is easier.”
At least he’s not looking to pump out a bad version of the story! He is taking his time to create something which we all enjoy, but that’s because he wants it to be the great possible version of the tale. So, as frustrating as it may be, when the book is launched, it will be the version of the story that Martin and his fans will love.
This is just a huge undertaking for him, and while writing this masterpiece of a book, he’s working on producing several projects for TV. On top of helping develop multiple Game of Thrones shows for HBO, including the prequel series that was already announced, he’s also executive producing an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death; developing a superhero series called Wild Cards; and he’s working on “a couple of other shows for HBO that I can’t talk about yet”.
When talking about balancing all of these projects, he says “It’s all fun, but there are days when I feel a little dizzy. It’s a good problem to have.”
So we have to wait a little while longer for him to finish his book and so we all can enjoy and debate.