Why George R.R. Martin doesn’t use Microsoft Word

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin doesn’t bother with Microsoft Word when it comes to writing his doorstopper novels.

While most people consider out-of-life Windows XP obsolete, the fantasy writer told US chatshow Conan last week that he still uses DOS to write his novels on – and that he has a separate PC for internet browsing.

He said: "I actually like it, it does what I want a word-processing programme to do and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help, you know?

"I actually have two computers. I have the computer that I browse the internet with, that I get my email on and I do my taxes on. Then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine not connected to the internet. Remember DOS? I use WordStar 4.0 as my word-processing system."

Well, we guess it’s more advanced than the wax-sealed letters and crossbows in Game of Thrones.

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