It’s no secret that George R.R. Martin is taking a very long time writing the sixth “A Song of Ice and Fire Novel,” “The Winds of Winter.” With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” fast catching up to where Martin is in his storytelling, fans are hoping he will speed up his writing so that “The Winds of Winter” will come out soon.

But Martin’s May 13 appearance on “Conan” might explain why he is taking so long. In the above video, he reveals that he still uses a DOS computer to write the novels.

“I actually like it. It does everything I want a word processing program to do, and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help,” he says. “I know how to use the shift key!”

At least without the Internet to distract him, Martin might be a bit more focused. But in the below video, he gives another potential reason why he’s being so slow: He’s having a hard time killing off characters.

“I think it’s a good thing that I wrote the books before we started making the show, because when you make the show and you actually meet the actors, then it’s harder to kill them,” Martin says.

He does note that sometimes showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss kill off characters he hasn’t yet, and he gets surprised every time. “I usually know about it because I actually work on the show and write one episode per season usually, so I have a little warning, but I do kind of squeal when I get the outlines,” Martin admits.

“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz