Haruki Murakami: “The repetition itself will become the important thing.”
In a 2004 interview, Murakami discussed his physical and intellectual habits…
When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4 a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I examine a bit and pay attention to some music. I go to bed at 9 p.m.
A WRITER deepest feelings
I preserve to this pursuits each day except variation. The repetition itself turns into the necessary thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.
But to keep to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a excellent quantity of intellectual and bodily strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical energy is as integral as artistic sensitivity.