The acclaimed 70-year-old Game of Thrones novelist admitted he’s struggling to complete The Winds of Winter for two totally sensible reasons: It’s a wildly complex world and he’s, like, way famous now.
“I’ve been struggling with it for a few years,” Martin explained to The Guardian. “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, 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.” OK, valid point.
But the intricacy of the GoT universe is not Martin’s only hang-up. He also candidly revealed the series’s popularity and fervency of his fans has paralyzed his writing a time or two.
“The show has achieved such popularity around the world, the books have been so popular and so well reviewed, that every time I sit down I’m very conscious I have to do something great and trying to do something great is a considerable weight to bear,” Martin revealed.
But once he really gets into writing, he says “the rest of the world vanishes” and he no longer cares “who’s mad at [him] this week because The Winds of Winter isn’t out.”
Then, he sinks into an “almost trance state” and voilà—GoT magic happens. You take your time, George, we’ll just be waiting over here.