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Adorno on How to Improve Your Text

 

From Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (via Light Reading via  Andy Lynn):

No improvement is too small or trivial to be worthwhile. Of a hundred alterations each may seem trifling or pedantic by itself; together they can raise the text to a new level. . . Should the finished text, no matter of what length, arouse even the slightest misgivings, these should be taken inordinately seriously, to a degree out of all proportion to their apparent importance.

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One Response to “Adorno on How to Improve Your Text”

  1. Jim Murdoch Says:

    What you need to watch is the knock on effect. Change a word in one place and you may find you have to change a word further on in that sentence of in that paragraph. A lot of times it’s just the mood you’re in at the time you read that sentence. For years I kept adding one word to the opening sentence of my first novel and then the next time I looked at it I’d take it out only to reinstate it a few weeks later.

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