Originally Posted by VaderDave
His statement gives me the feeling that he's flailing a little bit. I don't get the sense that he's got the storylines where he thinks they should be. It may be that he doesn't actually know where he wants to head with some of them, despite his previous statements that he's got the whole thing mapped out.
From a few articles I've read in the past, he's always
flailing a little bit. That's his writing style. As much as I think he's a fat annoying douche, I have some sympathy for that. I'm not one of those people who starts with a well-organized outline, then fleshes it out in linear fashion. What I do is a little more structured than free-writing, but it's something like that. I end up with a bunch of orphan passages that seem to work on their own, but for which it's not obvious how to integrate them into the whole, plus a lot of repetitive and overlapping stuff, plus gaps here and there because even though I generally know what point I want to develop there, it's hard or annoying or depends on some data someone else is supposed to supply me with, so I put it off for later. Then I hack and slash, revise, cut stuff apart and paste it back together in different configurations, and eventually start pounding it into final shape. I'd like to think the final product is usually something that doesn't totally suck, but ask me for a "first draft" or whatever and you'll likely get a useless, incomprehensible mess of shit. Fortunately, I've reached the point in my career where if someone asked me to share my "first draft" with them I'd just send them a two-worder.
*A key difference: I usually have a deadline. As that deadline approaches, it forces me to stop fucking around and running down intellectual side trails, stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, and get that shit done. Since GRRM clearly doesn't need the money and undoubtedly has tons of leverage with his publishers, he has illusory, aspirational deadlines at best.Edited by lawyerdad - 1/4/16 at 2:33pm