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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing
by Maria Popova “The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.” “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,” Stephen King advised. “Do back exercises,” Margaret Atwood suggested. “Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,” Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft of writing, but some of the most enduring advice comes from legendary German literary critic, philosopher, and essayists Walter Benjamin. THE WRITER’S TECHNIQUE IN THIRTEEN THESESAnyone intending to embark on a major work should be lenient with himself and, having completed a stint, deny himself nothing that will not prejudice the next.Talk about what you have written, by all means, but do not read from it while the work is in progress. Reflections is the companion volume to Benjamin’s equally essential Illuminations. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

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