Em registo biográfico, Murakami escreve, em reflexão atlética esforçada, liquidando ilusões sobre a inspiração (p. 76-78):
"In every interview I`m asked what`s the most important quality a novelist has to have. It`s pretty obvious: talent. No matter how much enthusiasm and effort you put into writing, if you totally lack literary talent you can forget about being a novelist."
"If I`m asked what the next most important quality is for a novelist, that`s easy too: focus - the ability to concentrate all your limited talents on whatever`s critical at the moment."
"After focus, the next most important thing for a novelist is, hands down, endurance."