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#1 Gerowen

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:13

 

George R.R. Martin is an impressive man. Not only can he kill off characters like it’s NBD, and magically make you care for characters who have been historically evil, but he writes millions of words about an imaginary land without any help from the vast information of the Internet. He also despises spell check and autocorrect.

 

 

 

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#2 astropheed

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:32

I wonder if that simplicity and dark theme help clear his mind and make it darker/grittier.

 

He may be on to something. 



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:49

In b4 "DOS isn't supported anymore, wtf blah blah blah" comments. (sorry, couldn't resist)

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:52

No wonder it takes him forever to write a book...lol

In all seriousness...Rather odd, but I guess as long as it works..Sometimes all the features just get in the way.



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:57

I can see why he would do this. No distractions and like he said it does what he needs and only what he needs which helps with focus. Its kind of cool that he still uses DOS for that.



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:43

I thought it was pretty interesting, but he makes a good point with "I don't want any "help"".  I wonder how he moves the files over to his internet computer though so he can e-mail them to his publisher.  3 1/2" floppy?



#7 Nick H.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:49

If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

This is the sort of reason that people don't move on to the latest operating system. And in Martin's case, he's doing it the right way by keeping the machine off of the Internet. Good for him.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:52

I wonder if that simplicity and dark theme help clear his mind and make it darker/grittier.

 

He may be on to something. 

 

There are actually writing programs that are plain white, black or grey screen with nothing but the text you write and no auto correct, nothing to distract you from the writing. 



#9 +Frank B.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:54

OS X comes with all the necessary tools for distraction-free writing:

 

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(screenshot taken for an IRC conversation)



#10 Co-ords

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:56

Wouldn't it be great if he used WP 5.1? LOL



#11 AwayfromHere

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:57

OS X comes with all the necessary tools for distraction-free writing:

 

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(screenshot taken for an IRC conversation)

 

Oh, like any other *nix out there...



#12 HawkMan

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:42

I'd rather use the free FocusWriter or Ommwriter than emacs.



#13 simplezz

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:10

It clearly works because he writes great books. Going to read Feast for Crows when I've finished my current book.



#14 Max Norris

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 11:30

Eh it's not the tool, you can get Emacs on any OS (even Windows, shocker) -- it's the distractions, in any modern OS you can still tab out and fire up a browser or play games or whatever.. temptation is just a keystroke away. Multiple "desktops" and network connectivity is totally doable in DOS but not exactly the easiest thing to set up. That said.. eh whatever works, as long as he keeps banging out good novels, he could be using an antique Selectric typewriter for all I care.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 11:39

I acually prefer to write/typing on dark background compared to white background that popularized by windows document editor (win 3x. write, ms-word),
dark/black background are easier to the eyes too.