Slacking is Easier Than Ever

My productivity is shit.

Nothing rubs that in like some of the profiles Duane Swierczynski ran on his Secret Dead Blog under the header Legends of the Underwood. Richard Bachman (Stephen King), Richard Matheson, Gil Brewer… these guys wrote novels in three days.

On typewriters.

Now that’s dedication to the craft. Here I am with an $1800 laptop, fancy word-processing software, and a laser printer, and I haven’t produced a complete novel in three years. A comic script and a novella or two, sure, but not a novel.

I’ve been sitting here trimming the DVR list, figuring out which programs I can do without. Meanwhile, these guys probably never turned on the TV. They put their asses in the chair and put their fingers on the keyboard. Clickety-clickety-clickety for hours on end, take a nap, repeat.

At least now I’ve got work due. I signed two contracts this week, which means there’s people expecting work. It means if I lock myself in my office, I’m not wasting time anymore. It’s something.

Is it enough?

Time will tell.

At least I know artists are in the same boat: Jack Kirby practically had his pencil grafted to his hand. Draw draw draw, take a nap, repeat.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. barry says:

    Have you read “On Writing” by Stephen King? He suggests you lock your self in a empty room that has no windows and no distractions.

    There there is “The Now Habit” by Neil Fiore. He wants you to first schedule your play. Next, in the time that’s left over, start something, start anything. Reward yourself somehow after thirty minutes of real work.

    • Mike says:

      It’s been a while, but yeah, I’ve read On Writing. I’ve tried a few gimmicks, but what it really comes down to is just plain discipline. If I can build myself into a habit of getting at the keyboard regularly, I’ll be golden. It’s just a matter of mustering the discipline to get it started.