It is one of those “if only” cases most people wonder about and hope for. In this case, if only Stephen King was George R.R. Martin, then “Winds of Winter” would have been released years earlier.

A recent interview between the two authors must have sparked some of those “if only” feels among fans.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the “Game of Thrones” author recently sat down with King for an interview. According to the site, the one-on-one was held last week in Albuquerque and the two tackled pretty versatile topics.

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As per EW, the two touched on King’s newly-released novel “End of Watch”, the third book on the “Mr. Mercedes” trilogy. In line with current events, the authors’ conversation also veered towards the topic of gun control. However, what stood out in the conversation was Martin’s very relevant question for King.

Entertainment Weekly quotes Martin as asking, “How the f— do you write so many books so fast?”

A lesson for ‘Winds of Winter’

The question is not supposed to be funny, but in a way it becomes such. The authors, though arguably at par in terms of skills, are complete opposites in writing pace. While it takes years for Martin to finish one book, King has published about four or five during the same time span.

Such is the point that Martin highlights in explaining his question.

A report by Bustle quotes Redditor user jmsturm in relaying Martin’s following statement.

“I have a good six months and crank out 3 chapters, meanwhile you wrote 3 books in that time!”

The Redditor relayed King’s answer which reveals that writing six pages per day does the trick. Martin, in turn, was amazed by this.

Check out the authors’ conversation in the video below. If you’re only interested for the writing pace stuff, you can proceed directly at the 50:15 mark. The topic starts right around the time when King asks Martin if there’s a question he’s always been meaning to ask.

You can also visit HitFix for a proper transcript of that part of the interview.

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It is far-fetched that George R.R. Martin would suddenly follow King’s mantra and write six pages per day. However, fans can still hope for the best. Maybe Martin would be inspired by his friend and keep up the pace on the highly-anticipated sixth book to the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. If a miracle happens, we may see “Winds of Winter” launched on December 2016–but that’s just wishful thinking.

As of this writing, “Winds of Winter” does not have an official release date yet.