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Day 399 – Writing Like . . .

One of the best ways for a writer not to write is to do research. The best kind of research for a writer not to write is to research how other writers write. Or don’t write. Being able to counteract your wife’s accusatory statement of ‘I thought you said you were writing?’ As the reason […]

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Haruki Murakami’s Three Qualities of a Writer.

In What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami lists his three essential qualities needed to be a writer. Talent Focus Endurance The first, Talent, is the most elusive of the three. Murakami tells the story of being at a baseball match and upon one particular strike of bat against […]

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Five Friends Continued.

In my last post, Five Friends, I put a spin on the old saying that you are a reflection of your five closest friends. I asked you to consider who your five closest writers were. I thought it only fair to invite you into the circle of my five closest authors. Ray Bradbury – My […]

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Your Own Norwegian Wood.

In his novel Norwegian Wood, the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami uses the Beatles song of the same name on the first page, to bring on the memories of his protagonist Toru Watanabe. He doesn’t mention any of the lyrics and he doesn’t even really refer to the tune. This was the first of Murakami’s novel […]