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George R. R. Martin on Writing

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“Start with short stories. After all, if you were taking up rock climbing, you wouldn't start with Mount Everest. So if you're starting fantasy, don't start with a nine-book series.”

More from George R. R. Martin

“When I'm writing from a character's viewpoint, in essence I become that character; I share their thoughts, I see the world through their eyes and try to feel everything they feel.”
“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.”
“Ideas are cheap. It's the execution that is all important.”
“Nobody is a villain in their own story.”
“I'm happy if I can finish a few pages in a day.”
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