Replicating George R.R. Martin’s Minimalism?

George R.R. Martin has, quite infamously, said that he possesses two computers. One is, as you would expect, connected to the internet, and on that he plays games, checks his emails, watches adoring fans scream hatred at him every time a beloved character has certain body parts removed, but the other is an old DOS, running Wordstar 4.0.

Now that is one of the most bareboned, minimalist programs anyone could use, and that is why Martin likes it. He takes issue with the interference offered by modern word-processing software, thinly disguised as assistance, to the degree that he hates it when it changes a lower case to an upper case. (I kind of feel bad for the digital paperclip which stalked me throughout my entire childhood, if George R.R. Martin ever finds the time to turn his mind to that particular enemy.

Anyway, this is going to be the next ‘Experiment’ I attempt, though not using a DOS or Wordstar. I’m looking at other minimalist ways in the act of writing, and it is entirely likely I’ll end up just using a pen and paper for the most part of this experiemnt, and perhaps just type it up afterwards? Or I may attempt to find some other, equally minimalist, software which I can use to emulate Martin’s affectation.

Kafka’s Night – Result

If you don’t know, I’m dedicating tonight to recreating Kafka’s illustrious night of creativity, in which he wrote the Judgement in its entirety! I’ve decided the night consists of half the day, for some reason, so I’m going to attempt to write from 10 PM to 10 AM (GMT), with as few interruptions as possible… Ignoring this, of course.

Okay, so my brief nap turned into a good four hours, as I partially expected it to, to be honest. As a result, my ‘all-nighter’ turned into 10 PM to 3 AM, then 7 AM to 10 AM. Maybe I need to plan this next time, as in actually decide more than a few hours beforehand that I’d be staying up all night in the oppressive heat and with only a few hours prior sleep to my name. I’ll probably attempt this idea gain at some point in the next week, but for now I’m pretty happy with the result. I wish I could do al little more to it, but that might feel a little dishonest.

I’m going to post the thing I wrote tonight, I think, spelling and grammar mistakes and all, and see if anyone has any interest in reading the damn thing. I’m quite excited by the short story though, so it is entirely likely it will only be up for a few weeks or so, so I can, I dunno, do something else with it. I don’t particularly want to change it, it could just do with tightening up a bit.

So, Kafka’s Night of Creativity result: Inconclusive.

How’s that for a disappointing first result!

Kafka’s Night – Four Hours In

If you don’t know, I’m dedicating tonight to recreating Kafka’s illustrious night of creativity, in which he wrote the Judgement in its entirety! I’ve decided the night consists of half the day, for some reason, so I’m going to attempt to write from 10 PM to 10 AM (GMT), with as few interruptions as possible… Ignoring this, of course.

Progress has slowed considerably over the past two hours, I think my exhaustion is already beginning to take its hold. It may have been a better idea to attempt this when I have actually had a fair amount of sleep the night before, but that does feel like cheating! I’m a little over two thousand now and I am considering the title of this thing, which has just leapt out at me from the paragraph I just completed.

 

Me after four hours of staring at a computer screen! So... Not that much different from a normal day then.
Me after four hours of staring at a computer screen! So… Not that much different from a normal day then.

I may have a small nap within the next few hours, just so that I can remain awake for the later parts of this experiment, but I will not go gentle into that good night! I will fight my exhaustion, at least, for a while!

Kafka’s Night – Two Hours In

If you don’t know, I’m dedicating tonight to recreating Kafka’s illustrious night of creativity, in which he wrote the Judgement in its entirety! I’ve decided the night consists of half the day, for some reason, so I’m going to attempt to write from 10 PM to 10 AM (GMT), with as few interruptions as possible… Ignoring this, of course.

So this is kind of cheaty, as I’m pretty sure Kafka didn’t have one of these blog-type-things to use as a momentary respite, but I imagine he found some way to entertain himself in his creativity, as the night wore on and the heat waves of summer abated, however briefly.

2 Hours in

I’m about two hours in now, and I have a vague idea wher I’m going! I’ve written a little over a fifteen hundred words, but I can already feel my momentum starting to slip. So, I’m going to make myself a cup of tea and possibly a slice of toast, then dive back into it!

Wish me luck!