George R. R Martin Writes On DOS. Won't Even Entertain Microsoft Word.
George R.R Martin's computer is older than yours.
When George R.R. Martin wrote his A Song of Ice and Fire books, and his token episode for each season of HBO's Game of Thrones, he didn't do it on Microsoft Word. He didn't even do it on Pages, or InCopy, or FinalDraft, or TextMaker or WordPad, or Textpad, or on paper. No, George R. R Martin wrote some of the most lucrative works of fantasy on WordStar 4.0. Yeo, WordStar 4.0.
George R.R Martin Writes on a DOS Machine
During his appearance on Conan on Tuesday night (May 13, 2014), Martin explained why he likes working on the archaic software, which was sort of like the early 1980's Microsoft Word.
"It does everything I want a word processing program to do," he said.
"I have a secret weapon. I have two computers. I have a computer that I browse the internet with. Then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS computer. I use WordStar 4.0"
"It doesn't do anything else. I don't want any help. I hate some of these modern systems when you type a lower case letter and it becomes a capital. I hate spell check."
Martin is no stranger to technology or the internet, he blogs, emails and surfs the web. Back in 2007, when fans were waiting anxiously to finish A Dance With Dragons, he complained about getting his emails deleted and chose a DOS word processor.
"I do my writing on a completely different computer than the one I use for email and the internet, in part to guard against viruses, worms, and nightmares like this," he added. "I write with WordStar 4.0 on a pure DOS-based machine. Mock if you must ... but WordStar and DOS are both stable as rocks, and never give me the sort of headaches I get from Windows."
He added, "I won't even talk about Microsoft Word, about which I have nothing printable to say."