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REDISCOVER Writing (Part 1)

The following are from Haruki Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I shared the writing lessons cited in this book during my turn for our sharing insight session.

This sharing led to my teammates interest about the well-loved author Murakami, as well as ensued a spirited debate whether who among our team are creative writers or technical writers or hybrid.The verdict, I am a hybrid, considering my background in both journalistic, creative, and now, technical/business writing.

1. To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.

For long-term projects, once you set the pace, the rest will follow. The problem is getting the flywheel to spin at a certain speed – and to get it to that point takes a much concentration and effort as you can manage.

2. It is not painful to be alone. Think of things to do by yourself. Solitude, is more or less, an inevitable circumstance.

Murakami spends an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four to five hours alone at his desk. When he was young, he much preferred reading books on his own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. He could always think of things to do by himself.

3. Being disliked by someone, hated or despised, somehow seems more natural.

For Murakami, as he has written novels over many years, he just can’t picture someone liking him on a personal level and he admits that he has no idea if it is ever possible for a professional writer to be liked by people.

4. Failure is not an option.

Give everything you have. Murakami’s strength is that he can work hard and take a lot physically. When he was to turn 30, he took a deep breath, gazed around him, glanced back at the steps he’d taken, contemplated the next stage, and considered he couldn’t be young anymore. Out of the blue, he thought of writing a novel.

5. It is sometimes hard to avoid losing.

We don’t want to make the same mistakes and put that lesson into practice the next time around – while we still have the ability to do that. (To continue)


Written by Lynda C. Corpuz

August 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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