N.A. Turner, this post is a wonderful summary of Murakami’s approach. To be joyous and feel free when writing, writing when we can’t hold in our words. I love that!
Exercise is a great tip too, I know if I’m at the screen for days without exercise, I get cabin fever, and am not as productive as if I’ve had a mental break outdoors or exercising.
I certainly agree that reading is crucial for great writing. Much more than any type of degree. I was obsessed with reading when I was younger, and have ended up writing professionally even though I studied degrees that weren’t directly writing-related.
And my favourite quote is the first: it’s indeed true that the world can be dull, but a novelist can transform it into gemstones.
Fabulous summary, I love reading about how other writers live and write. Thank you so much for sharing N.A. Turner :) Have an awesome day!