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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Secret Weapon of a Successful Writer

Aspiring writers always want to know the secrets of successful writers and one such secret was revealed by the very successful writer, George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books.

His secret?

Two computers.

Yep, two computers and one of those computers runs on a DOS operating system because the software program Mr. Martin uses only works on the DOS operating system.  It’s an old WordProcessing program called WordStar and I actually used this program when I was in grad school back in the late 1980’s.

Now why, you might ask, does a writer as prolific and commercially successful as George R.R. Martin use such an old computer and word processing program?  Well, he likes to keep it simple.  He specifically honed in on the spell check function as being something he disliked about the new and more up-to-date programs and when you think about the names of his characters and settings for his books this makes sense.

So, sometimes simple is better and sometimes more is just more, and according to Mr. Martin, more can get in the way of his creative and writing process.

It’s a fascinating interview that Mr. Martin gave to Conan O’Brien on O’Brien’s talk show and worth listening to even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan or follower.  Here’s the link:

1 comment:

  1. I saw that too! Interesting isn't? We don't want to give up our old and fond computers, but pressure makes us conform. I wonder how he send his work to his editor. Could the newer computers read a DOS?