Usually I work five days a week and finish a rough draft of four pages per day. Twenty pages a week, 80 pages a month—that’s always my goal. With writers whose prose is trickier, I might do only three pages a day, but Murakami is pretty straightforward and logical. It took about ten months to come up with a rough draft of Book 3 of 1Q84, and then I spent two months revising it.
Whilst we wait for our copies of 1Q84 to arrive, here is a short interview with one of translators. It takes about a year for only one out of three volumes, and that is for a rough draft. (hvala, Vuk)