Recently George R.R. Martin and Stephen King spent an hour talking about life and writing in front of an audience in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Kiva Auditorium. It’s an hour-long conversation filled with interesting anecdotes from both writers and fans of either writer won’t be disappointed. While the pair do share many traits, one glaring writing trait they do not share was questioned by George R.R. Martin when he asked King “How the fuck to you write so many books so fast!?”
King’s answer to Martin is fairly simple, he tries to write six pages a day, about three to four hours a day. That gets an average book done in two months.
So if the manuscript is, say, 360 pages long, that’s basically two months’ work – but that’s assuming it goes well.
Martin fires back with a question of writer’s block saying:
You don’t ever have a day when you sit down there and it’s like constipation – you write a sentence and you hate the sentence, and you check your email and you wonder if you had any talent after all and maybe you should have been a plumber? Don’t you have days like that?
King’s answer is worth watching the rest of the video. There’s a lot of other bits and bobs in there as well, influences for both writers, family history, and other famous writer anecdotes, and how and why Stephen King first picked up and read A Game of Thrones.