Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Murakami and running (and writing)

Our little wind-up bird has written a non-fiction work about the link between endurance running and endurance writing.

Most of what I know about writing I’ve learned through running every day. These are practical, physical lessons. How much can I push myself? How much rest is appropriate—and how much is too much? How far can I take something and still keep it decent and consistent? When does it become narrow-minded and inflexible? How much should I be aware of the world outside, and how much should I focus on my inner world? To what extent should I be confident in my abilities, and when should I start doubting myself? I know that if I hadn’t become a long-distance runner when I became a novelist, my work would have been vastly different. How different? Hard to say. But something would definitely have been different.

More here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, who knew? I've been wanting to read more Murakami. Every time I go to a used book store I look for anything by him, but the Murakami section is always empty. I guess he's a popular guy.