George RR Martin Explains Why He Writes in a DOS-Based Word Program
Last night the author confessed to late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien that he writes on a computer system which is older than some of his fans.
"I actually have two computers," Martin told Conan. "I have a computer I browse the Internet with and I get my email on, and I do my taxes on. And then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine, not connected to the Internet. I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processing system."
In short, Martin has created a distraction-free writing environment, and I envy him. The internet is a tempting distraction which I have to fight everyday. In fact, my better writing days can often be measured by how successfully I ignored the internet.