Murakami on Writing Simply ➶

Always a pleasure to read Haruki Murakami’s essays on writing.

How, then, can we distinguish between those contents that are crucial, those that are less necessary, and those that are entirely unnecessary?

One rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “Am I having a good time doing this?” If you’re not enjoying yourself when you’re engaged in what seems important to you, if you can’t find spontaneous pleasure and joy in it, then there’s likely something wrong. When that happens, you have to go back to the beginning and start discarding any extraneous parts or unnatural elements.

✶ Saturday, 5 November 2022

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