Haruki Murakami, born 1949, is a contemporary Japanese writer. He has been described as being among the world’s greatest living novelists. His work has been translated into 50 languages and his best-selling books have sold millions of copies. His published works include A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Norwegian Wood (1987), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995), Kafka on the Shore (2002) and IQ84 (
Haruki Murakami was interviewed by the Paris Review in 2004 for their Art of Fiction series. He was asked about his writing routine.
I’m a hard worker. 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 kilometres or swim for fifteen hundred metres (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9 p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing … but to hold to such repetition for so long – six months to a year – requires a good amount of mental and physical strength.