GAME of Thrones' George RR Martin posts Winds of Winter update as he criticises 'very boring' lockdown writing process.
Despite the process that can sometimes be tedious, the author says it is something that ultimately benefits his writing.
Martin, 71, shared some information on his writing routine during the coronavirus pandemic in an update on his new blog.
He penned: "I sleep. The next day, I wake up, and do the same. The next day, the next day, the next day. Before Covid, I would usually get out once a week or so to eat at a restaurant or go to the movies. That all ended in March.
"Since then, weeks and months go by when I never leave the cabin or see another human being except whoever is on duty that week. I lose track of what day it is, what week it is, what month it is."
He added: "The time seems to by very fast. It is now August, and I don’t know what happened to July, but it is good for the writing."
He explained what else he had been doing with his time: "I am back in my fortress of solitude again, my isolated mountain cabin.
"I’d returned to Santa Fe for a short visit, to spend some time with Parris, deal with some local business that had piled up during my months away, and of course fulfill my duties to CoNZealand, the virtual worldcon.
"But all that is behind me now, and I am back on the mountain again… which means I am back in Westeros again, once more moving ahead with Winds of Winter."
The novelist also explains that he does have company while writing his next masterpiece, as he has one assistant with him at all times.
Each of them will do a two-week shifts and quarantining at home before coming to work for the screenwriter.
Back in March, when the lockdown began to take affect as a result of the Coronavirus, George encouraged his fans to dive into books to keep their minds and imaginations active in what can be a tedious and lonely time of isolation.
He said: "With quarantines, lockdowns, and social isolation on the menu everywhere, and all the usual entertainment venues closing their doors, reading is the best way to pass the empty hours."
A star of the Game of Thrones series James Cosmo warns residents on his native Oldham to follow the coronavirus guidelines as a Leicester-style lockdown looms.
He explained: "Houses of Oldham, its your Lord commander lockdown is coming if you don't act now and follow the coronavirus guidelines, so stay safe and follow the guidance."
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