It’s been a punchline for years that the sixth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire won’t ever hit. The Winds of Winter has been in the works for nearly a decade at this point. George R.R. Martin takes as long as he needs to write. Couple that with his style of not outlining, and you have a recipe for a writer who misses his deadlines on the regular. Sadly, not every out there can be as prolific as Brandon Sanderson.
The Game of Thrones series has been over for some time now. Fans seem to be over the world of Westeros for now, but I’m sure plenty would be eager to return to see Martin’s vision come to a close. But when will that be? When can we expect The Winds of Winter? Martin recently took to his personal blog to give readers an update on his quarantine life, his plans, and the current status of his latest novel.
He started the post off discussing his “cabin fever.” Apparently, he’s off in the mountains in some cabin during quarantine — though he celebrates his positive health. But not every aspect of quarantine life is bad.
“If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write,” Martin admitted. “I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”
So, the good news is that he is hard at work. The bad news is that there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for him. We’ll go ahead and take that quote exactly at face value, as Martin doesn’t seem to like us breaking things down even further.
“Please do not give any credence to any of the click-bait websites that like to parse every word of my posts as if they were papal encyclicals to divine hidden meanings.”
And he’s got a point. He is clearly just a guy doing the best he can do deliver a quality story. He has no insights into how fast he’ll be at the end of the day, which is a shame.
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