George R.R. Martin, in a long post about his unfinished novel The Winds of Winter, talks about progress made this year, and his disappointment over failing to meet the original and an extended deadline for turning in the manuscript.
THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished….
Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those ‘no pages done’ reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures….
I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.
Martin also engages the problematic fact that the HBO adaptation has outpaced the original work.
Having said all that, I know what the next question will be, because hundreds of you have already asked it of me. Will the show ‘spoil’ the novels?
Maybe. Yes and no….