Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher and
cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German
idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish mysticism.
Born: July 15, 1892, Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940, Portbou, Spain
‘Work on good prose has three steps:
a musical stage when it is composed,
an architectonic one when it is built,
and a textile one when it is woven.’ – W.B.
Walter Benjamin: The Writers Technique in Thirteen Theses
Broken down into Four Parts over Four Weeks
THE WRITER’S TECHNIQUE IN THIRTEEN THESES Part Three
7. Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. Literary honour requires that one break off only at an appointed moment (a mealtime, a meeting) or at the end of the work.
8. Fill the lacunae of inspiration by tidily copying out what is already written. Intuition will awaken in the process.
9. Nulla dies sine linea [‘No day without a line’] — but there may well be weeks.
10. Consider no work perfect over which you have not once sat from evening to broad daylight.