The first five novels in George R. R. Martin’s wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series have checked in at a staggering 5,216 pages. Many authors might worry about losing their work to a computer virus, but Martin is not one of them.
During a recent visit with Conan O’Brien, the author explained his eccentric computer set-up for writing his enormous manuscripts. He maintains one computer for browsing the internet and a separate computer that’s a simple DOS machine.
Using a 1980s word processor called WordStar 4.0, Martin writes his epic novels on a screen that looks like this…
WordStar is no longer maintained or developed, but the antiquated program remains Martin’s tool of choice. He explains,
“It does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn’t do anything else.”
You can check out Martin’s full explanation in his interview with Conan below…