13 Techniques For Writers From the Philosopher Walter Benjamin

“#9 Nulla dies sine linea [‘No day without a line’] — but there may well be weeks.”

Gavin Lamb, PhD
Nov 30, 2020 · 5 min read

“Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.”

– Walter Benjamin

Live (and write) in the now

“A generation that has gone to school on a horse-drawn streetcar now stood under the open sky in a countryside in which nothing remained unchanged but the clouds, and beneath these clouds, in a field of force of destructive torrents and explosions, was the tiny, fragile human body.”

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Walter Benjamin in 1928. From the Walter Benjamin Archiv, on Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

“Only the trivia, the trash”

“Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.”

– Walter Benjamin

Benjamin’s advice for writers

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”

Walter Benjamin

Leaky Grammar

“Unfortunately, or luckily, no language is tyrannically consistent. All grammars leak.”

Gavin Lamb, PhD

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I’m a researcher and writer in ecolinguistics and environmental communication. Get my weekly digest of nature writing ideas/tools: https://wildones.substack.com

Leaky Grammar

Leaky Grammar is a new publication running stories on creative, inspiring, and educational ideas on writing, language and communication.

Gavin Lamb, PhD

Written by

I’m a researcher and writer in ecolinguistics and environmental communication. Get my weekly digest of nature writing ideas/tools: https://wildones.substack.com

Leaky Grammar

Leaky Grammar is a new publication running stories on creative, inspiring, and educational ideas on writing, language and communication.

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