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'Scrubbing one brick at a time'

21 May 2012

 'I wouldn't use the word "fun" to describe the process (of writing). It's like someone has said "OK, you have to scrub St Paul's Cathedral. Now here's your toothbrush." It looks overwhelming, but you think in terms of scrubbing one brick at a time. One chapter, one sentence, one word at a time, and eventually you'll get there.'

'It's only with fantasy and science fiction that you get this wholesale condemnation: "Well, it has dragons in it, so it's not worth watching." To my mind, that's infuriating. It's ignorance, it's prejudice and it's stupidity.'

George R R Martin, author of Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast and many other bestsellers, in The Times.