Show Notes for Ep. 33 "Epic Fantasy With George R. R. Martin"

Mary Anne interviews George R. R. Martin about the writing of epic fantasy. How does one balance realism with fantastical elements? How did Martin approach the creation of the world of Westeros in Game of Thrones? What’s the difference between the two kinds of writers Martin refers to as “architects” and “gardeners?”

Recorded 2019 / Published on December 14, 2021.


  • 00:30: Martin on making the switch to epic fantasy in his writing career
  • 03:43: Martin on the historical inspiration and considerations in the making of Game of Thrones
  • 14:33: Martin on dealing with loose ends in the writing process
  • 20:41: On how Martin builds his fictional worlds
  • 27:26: Closing advice from Martin to writers

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