Paracosms: Know Your Fiction
About This Show
Explore your favorite fictional worlds from unique perspectives and find new stories to enjoy with author Arthur McMahon. In each episode we explore a fantasy universe together and pull apart its building blocks. Every creation from Harry Potter to Star Wars will be put under the microscope. Creative influences, author intentions, and social impacts will be referenced. We will look at why these worlds were constructed and how they evolved over time.
Most Recent Episode
Game of Thrones- When is the Next Book Out?
Ever since Game of Thrones was published in 1996, fans of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series have ceaselessly asked “Hey Georgie boy, Georgie from the block. Mr. R.R. Martin, when’s the next book coming out?” His responses, summed up, have been usually something like “Heh. Well, soon. Not yet, sorry about that.”
Years of effort are put into crafting each volume of the series. The last release, A Dance With Dragons, came out in 2011 after six years of writing, editing, and rewriting by Martin. Now, six years later, fans are eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter, book number six in the series, to appear on bookshelves across the globe.
Recently Martin responded to the masses of adoring, impatient fans, saying that “The book is not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now. I think it will be out this year, but hey, I thought the same thing last year.” It’s not a case of writer’s block, he says. “I don’t get writer’s block in the conventional sense, but I do get derailed by distractions. I do my best writing when I’m not distracted."
And fans have called him out on that, namely with his involvement in the hit HBO show which spawned from his books. Has fame and fortune gone to his head? Maybe, but probably not in the way you would expect.
In this episode I will explore how the fear of failure, of not being good enough, effects every writer, including mega-successful authors like George R.R. Martin. I am Arthur McMahon, and this is Paracosms.
I tried, I promise you. I failed.
I’ve talked about my own fears on my blog many times. Finishing a draft of a story is a huge accomplishment for me, but it also serves as a road block, stopping my creative progress dead in its tracks. Knowing that I now have to try and make that writing better, make it good enough for other people to enjoy, is a daunting prospect. I tend to distract myself and spiral into a creative depression because I fear the next step in the process. I fear that I can’t make it better. I fear that what I’m making will never be good enough.
It’s something you’ve most likely heard about authors, and