On Exactitude

To my mind exactitude means three things above all:

(1) a well-defined and well-calculated plan for the work in question;

(2) an evocation of clear, incisive, memorable images;

(3) a language as precise as possible both in choice of words and in expression of the subtleties of thought and imagination.

Italo Calvino
from Six Memos for the Next Millenium

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