Inspiration Monday: Haruki Murakami

Writers who are blessed with inborn talent can freely write novels no matter what they do – or don’t do. Like water from a natural spring, the sentences just well up, and with little or no effort these writers can complete a work. Occasionally you’ll find someone like that, but, unfortunately, that category wouldn’t include me. I haven’t spotted any springs nearby. I have to pound the rock with a chisel and dig out a deep hole before I can locate the source of creativity. To write a novel I have to drive myself hard physically and use a lot of time and effort. Every time I begin a new novel, I have to dredge out another new, deep hole.

What I talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

Haruki Murakami


2 thoughts on “Inspiration Monday: Haruki Murakami

  1. Great quote! Makes me feel less alone. I enjoyed reading your comments on my post. I had to do a search to find your blog because your gravatar doesn’t link to it. Anyway, I’m glad I found your site because now I can read your posts and drop in a comment now and then. Writer to writer. 😉

    • Thanks! I enjoy reading your posts too. And that’s for letting me know about my gravatar – I think I’ve got that fixed.

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