3:59 AM

HIS ROUTINE IS RIGID. AND INTENSE

When he’s in writing mode for a novel, he gets up at 4am and works for five to six hours. In the afternoon, he will run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then read a bit and listen to some music. He goes to bed at 9pm. “I keep to this routine every day without variation.” He says “The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerise 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.”

2 thoughts on “3:59 AM

  1. haha. the 4am conspiracy. btw, “what i talk about when i talk about running” is a good read, but i may be biased because of a sentimental attachment. 1Q84 gave me a fleeting existential crisis though – wondered if i was sick of life if what used to delight me failed in generating any interest.

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