This morning I woke up to the news, like so many others had two days ago, that the latest in ‘the Song of Ice and Fire’ series was not yet complete. (Why this appeared on my Facebook today, I have no idea.)
Now, I’ll admit, I have not yet had the opportunity to read any of the books in ‘The Song of Ice and Fire’ nor, have I watched any of Game of Thrones the very popular HBO series based on the series, but as a fellow writer, I couldn’t help but want to hear what George R.R. Martin had to say about why he hadn’t been able to complete the manuscript as planned.
There’s something comforting for me, as a new author, to know that even authors who have been doing this for years, who are well established and more importantly who’s books are very popular, sometimes struggle with deadlines, and getting a book complete. When I finished the latest draft of my novel just under the wire of my New Years self-imposed deadline, I did so, after spending the better part of 2015 trying to complete four chapters. I was sure, as anyone would be, that four chapters should have been far easier to complete, in far less time. But here we are, in the beginning of 2016, and I only just completed it.
So it’s comforting to me to know that even authors who have had years more practice than me, find themselves in the same positions when it comes to the difficulties of completing a novel. Now, I daresay that I am in no way comparing myself to Mr. Martin, nor am I suggesting that my books are anywhere near as long, actually, I’m a little disappointed with the length, and since I’ll start another round of final edits in February, I’m hoping to fill in some gaps wherever I find them.