A Common Thread Between Haruki Murakami and Jhumpa Lahiri

Je ne suis pas française.

Je suis philippin-chinois américain, mais j’adore le langue française. J’etudie le française durant mon septieme et huitieme noter. Et puis de nouveau pendant quelques années à l’université.

Excusez-moi, pour moi erreurs. J’apprends la langue française tout au long de ma vie. L’un de mes passe-temps favoris en plus d’écrire est d’apprendre le français sur Duolingo.

One of these days I might just try my hand at poetry in French. Why am I going on about French? Lately, I’ve been feeling drained from all the writing I’ve been doing for the last couple of months and came across an article interviewing the well-known author Haruki Murakami.

What I found to be of interest was that he decided to write the opening of his novel in English. It was his first one too! Can you believe he did not write it in his native tongue?

He said,“Writing in a foreign language taught me to express thoughts and feelings with a limited set of words.”

Jhumpa Lahiri also chose to test her own creative writing skills by writing a set of short stories in Italian and then another novel

They both chose to write stories not from their native tongue. How cool is this? I know it’s not a new trend, but it certainly “piqued” (ironically a French word for pricked or stimulated) my curiosity. Remember how I spoke about not feeling like I belong?

The Search for Belonging to Squads Tribes and Communities

I’m done looking


You know what happened to both authors in the instance of writing in a different language? They found a writing style unlike they had both experienced. Writing that was simplistic minus all the fluff.

For myself, this different way of thinking opens up an entirely different part of my creative brain as a writer.


Have you ever wanted to write in a different language? If so, what language?

If it’s not a different language that gets you thinking outside of the box, what is one of your pastimes to get you out of a writing funk?

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