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The writing rituals of the rich, famous and ferociously focused.

Well worth checking out for inspiration if you find yourself staring at a blank screen with one perpetually pulsating pixel like me.

Haruki Murakami: โ€œThe repetition itself becomes the important thing.โ€

In a 2004 interview, Murakami discussed his physical and mental habitsโ€ฆ

When Iโ€™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; itโ€™s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.

But to hold to such repetition for so long โ€” six months to a year โ€” 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.

Ernest Hemingway: โ€œI write every morning.โ€

In an interview with George Plimpton, Hemingway revealed his daily routineโ€ฆ

When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there.

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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I’m a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he’s super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says ” it’s always NOW” when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You’re making me nervous.