First of all, a hearty bravo to the staff over at The Ringer for doing the legwork and figuring out how many non-The Winds of Winter-related words George R.R. Martin has written since A Dance with Dragons came out in 2011. That must have been tedious work.
Now, onto that total. Since the release of Dance, a period of roughly five and a half years, Martin has written a grand total of:
For reference, the longest novel in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series thus far, A Storm of Swords, clocked in at 424,000 words. The 561,038 tally is comprised mainly of Martin’s posts on his Not a Blog, along with replies to reader comments (483,466 words), scripts written for HBO (14,521 words) and his other literary works (63,051 words). The totals:
- Not a Blog posts: 330,293 words
- Not a Blog comments: 153,173 words
- Dangerous Women: 35,296
- Rogues: 14,834
- The World of Ice and Fire: 9,483 words
- “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” Game of Thrones script: 5,190 words
- “The Lion and the Rose” Game of Thrones script: 4,773 words
- “Blackwater” Game of Thrones script: 4,558 words
- Old Mars: 3,320 words
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: 118 words
As fans wait for the next novel in the series, many have voiced their frustration with what they see as Martin’s languid writing pace. Martin himself wrote recently that he thinks Winds will be out this year, but also notes that he thought the same thing last year.
Granted, a blog post or a reply to a reader’s comment is much easier to write than a chapter in a novel, but the numbers here aren’t likely to quiet Martin’s critics. Does seeing the totals change your opinion on the release of The Winds of Winter? Let us know in the comments.