How to Combine Sport with Writing

Haruki Murakami, interviewed by the Paris Review, passes on some trade secrets:

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

I’m a morning person, and would prefer to keep going until midday. But otherwise, this seems reasonable.

(H/t: Daily Routines)


4 Replies to “How to Combine Sport with Writing”

  1. How to Combine Sport with Writing – play American Football and do your writing during those interminable committee meetings.

  2. I don’t think this would work for me but feel free to give it a go! My problem, of course, is that I do the writing but I’ve never got around to adding the sport.

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