creative prompts

Holding repetition

I’m going to try something new this week. I’m going to call my posts here Belles-Lettres, which is French for “beautiful writing.” The actual definition is:

“Essays, particularly on literary and artistic criticism, written and read primarily for their aesthetic effect.”

I think it’ll be a fun way to get stuff going here, since I’m working so hard behind the scenes to keep this ship upright!

This week will be a prompt. Feel free to use it as a jumping off point in your offline journal, your blog, use it in a Tweet to generate conversation with your pals on Twitter. Whatever works for you!

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes an important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long – six months to a year – requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

Haruki Murakami

Some things to think about:

  1. Do you approach your writing like Haruki Murakami?
  2. Do you believe in routines? Why or why not?
  3. Is physical strength necessary to write?

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