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What Haruki Murakami taught me about writing (re-sharing an old post)


Since I don’t have much to blog about yet, I will share something I wrote in February. (I apologise if you have already read this – you can skip this one!)

Last month, I wrote a post on Medium about what I learned about writing from ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami (what a mouthful to read!). Last week, I saw a notification when I opened up Medium again, that it had been selected for The Startup Publication. It was also curated on 18th March, both of which I had missed because I had just about given up writing on Medium (mostly due to laziness). But I was pleasantly surprised that this got some attention! Well, I’m still learning how to write good blog posts and I rarely spend enough time planning them or writing them.

I started another blog back in 2017 and was so lazy keeping it updated, I kind of gave up on it as well. I usually just blogged about the books I’ve read and some travel diaries. I didn’t think anyone was reading them so I didn’t post that often. But after reading Murakami’s book, I just had to write about it because it completely changed my mindset on writing in general. Who knew that a book about running could teach you so much about writing, too?

In my post, I related many of his lessons to my personal experience and described how I applied those lessons in the following week. I must say that this book changed my life.

I also used one of my favourite quotes from the book on my homepage, in case you didn’t notice that…

So for anyone who is interested, head over to this link below to read the full post on Medium. If you are not a member, you can read three articles for free per month (so I hope you find this topic interesting enough to add to your reading list). If you are already a member, your read would help me out a lot in the partnered programme! It’s quite long though–roughly 12-minute read. I hope you enjoy it and send some claps or leave a comment to let me know what you think! :)


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https://medium.com/swlh/what-i-learned-about-writing-from-what-i-talk-about-when-i-talk-about-running-by-haruki-murakami-a5d9331445d9

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