I'll leave you with Murakmi's own words about writing:
One of my all-time favorite jazz pianists is Thelonious Monk. Once, when someone asked him how he managed to get a certain special sound out of the piano, Monk pointed to the keyboard and said: “It can’t be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!”
I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, “It’s true. There aren’t any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words.” I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them.
From the essay "Jazz Messenger" by Haruki Murakami posted in the online version of the New York Times Sunday Book Review dated July 8, 2007
Reviews of Murakami's work can be found at:
Books 'N Border Collies (Lezlie) - Review of After Dark