CONFIRMED: “THE WINDS OF WINTER” IS NOT FINISHED

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Winds of Winter is not finished.

Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed ... but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, “I have completed and delivered The Winds of Winter” on or before the last day of 2015.

But the book’s not done.



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 suppose I could just say, “Sorry, boys and girls, still writing,” and leave it at that. “It will be done when it’s done.” Which is what I have been doing, more or less, since ... well, forever. But with season 6 of Game of Thrones approaching, and so many requests for information boiling up, I am going to break my own rules and say a little more, since it would appear that hundreds of my readers, maybe thousands or tens of thousands, are very concerned about this question of spoilers and the show catching up, revealing things not yet revealed in the books, etc.

Read the whole statement on George R.R. Martin’s Livejournal blog.

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