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Routines of Successful Writers

Although I’m pretty certain there is no answer to it, I sometimes secretly tend to question whether there is a panacea for good writing. This got me thinking about the habits of successful writers and what kinds of routines they go through to produce work that they deem valuable. Here are some writers’ routines which I found by digging through the wonderful The Art of Fiction Archives from The Paris Review: Haruki Murakami keeps to a very tight routine when writing. He explains that he attempts to keep himself mesmerised, so he can stay wholly immersed in his work and state of mind. When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four 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 read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at nine p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a …

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Midnight Collection

Oftentimes I somehow mentally transport myself into 1920s Paris. The beaded flapper dresses, the Charleston, bouteilles des vins rouges, Scott Fitzgerald and dimly lit brasseries — these are all things and aesthetics that I would like to have experienced. Obviously, it shall never be. However when Midnight in Paris came out it replenished my 20s era deficiency. (and also acquainted me with another understanding of why artists create: to help find an antidote to the emptiness of existence. These words were uttered by the Gertrude Stein character, addressing the real Stein’s views of what she called the Lost Generation.) I found it to be a great script, and these are some of the quotes that I thought were wonderful: quotes from Midnight In Paris by Woody Allen.   “Nostalgia is denial. Denial of the painful present.” — Paul “You have a glazed look in your eye. Stunned, stupefied, anesthetized, lobotomized” — Zelda Fitzgerald “No subject is terrible if the story is true. If the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” — Ernest Hemingway [regarding Gil’s book] “If it’s …