Роберт Силверберг о своём творческом методе

David Hor­wich: You’ve had an impres­sive­ly pro­lif­ic career as a writer. How do you main­tain a high lev­el of cre­ativ­i­ty and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty? Do you have par­tic­u­lar­ly dis­ci­plined work­ing habits?

Robert Sil­ver­berg: Absolute­ly. When I’m work­ing, it’s Mon­day to Fri­day, week in and week out, at my desk at 8:30 AM and fin­ished at noon, nev­er any devi­a­tion. I work flat out all that time, no phone calls, no dis­trac­tions. This is my sched­ule from Novem­ber to April; I rarely work at all between April and Novem­ber, but when I do, in some spe­cial instance, I main­tain the same steady dai­ly sched­ule until the job is done. Until 1971 I worked a longer day — nine to noon, one to three — and my out­put was accord­ing­ly greater, but after that year I saw no need to push myself quite that hard. But even now, when I’m rel­a­tive­ly inac­tive as a writer com­pared with my furi­ous pace of decades ago, I feel no alter­na­tive but to keep to the steady sched­ule while I’m work­ing: I sim­ply know no oth­er com­fort­able way to work.

DH: Have you ever run into writer’s block? If so, how have you dealt with it?

RS: There are plen­ty of days when I’d rather not go to the office and write. I write any­way, on such days. Once I get start­ed, the reluc­tance usu­al­ly dis­ap­pears.

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