Ep. 33 Show Notes

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?”

Interview recorded in 2019 for the SLF’s Portolan Project.

Episode 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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