What happens when George R.R. Martin and Stephen King get on a stage together? This, and it is glorious.
The two acclaimed authors took the stage together in Albuquerque, N.M., for an hour-long chat, which ranged over just about everything. The two talk about their own respective works, as well as topical bits like gun control. But the real meaty stuff is about the process of writing and getting words from your brain to the page. Considering King has written enough books to fill a library, while Martin tends to (umm) take his time between books, it’s a crackling exchange.
The pull quote was when Martin asked King fairly point blank: “How the f— do you write so many books so fast?” Yeah, it only gets better from there.
King said he’s followed the same work flow for years and sits down to write 3-4 hours each day (unless real life gets in the way). At that rate, he cranks out approximately 12 pages per day. At that rate, he’s able to wrap a 360-page book every two months or so. But, as we all know, it doesn’t seem to come quite that easily for Martin. Putting two genre titans on the same stage to talk craft is a fantastic idea, and with this interview as evidence, it needs to happen more often.
Check out the full video below, and fast forward to around the 50-minute mark for the fun exchange:
(Via Entertainment Weekly)