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Nietzsche's Advice to Writers

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6/4/2016 6:20:21 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Thus Spake the Master:

1.) Of prime necessity is life: a style should live.

2.) Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of mutual relation.)

3.) First, one must determine precisely "what-and-what do I wish to say and present," before you may write. Writing must be mimicry.

4.) Since the writer lacks many of the speaker"s means, he must in general have for his model a very expressive kind of presentation of necessity, the written copy will appear much paler.

5.) The richness of life reveals itself through a richness of gestures. One must learn to feel everything " the length and retarding of sentences, interpunctuations, the choice of words, the pausing, the sequence of arguments " like gestures.

6.) Be careful with periods! Only those people who also have long duration of breath while speaking are entitled to periods. With most people, the period is a matter of affectation.

7.) Style ought to prove that one believes in an idea; not only that one thinks it but also feels it.

8.) The more abstract a truth which one wishes to teach, the more one must first entice the senses.

9.) Strategy on the part of the good writer of prose consists of choosing his means for stepping close to poetry but never stepping into it.

10.) It is not good manners or clever to deprive one"s reader of the most obvious objections. It is very good manners and very clever to leave it to one"s reader alone to pronounce the ultimate quintessence of our wisdom.
I would prefer not to.
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6/5/2016 3:38:27 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
"Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."
"In case anyone hasn't noticed it, the West is in extremis. The undertaker is checking his watch at the foot of its bed, and there's a sinister kettle of croaking, money-feathered vultures on the roof."
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6/5/2016 10:20:07 PM
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Edgar Allen Poe go go sober boy writes, bad boy he goes edit drunk he says you knows, I say better is drunk the writer no edit need apply goes happy the playboy saves on time.
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3/27/2017 6:12:27 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 3/27/2017 4:24:50 PM, ShabShoral wrote:
This is necessary to bump.
So there are valuable posts in there, after all.

I would add the following:
"Of all that is written I love only what a man has written with his blood. Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit."
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part I, On Reading and Writing

"The hermit does not believe that any philosopher [...] ever expressed his real and ultimate opinion in books: does one not write books precisely to conceal what one harbors? Indeed, he will doubt whether a philosopher could possibly have 'ultimate and real' opinions, whether behind every one of his caves there is not, must not be, another deeper cave--a more comprehensive, stranger, richer world beyond the surface, under every attempt to furnish 'grounds.' [...] Every philosophy also conceals a philosophy; every opinion is also a hideout, every word also a mask."
Beyond Good and Evil, aph. 289
I am fascinated by the idea that our civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
--Werner Herzog