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Lucile Vaughan Payne

  • Style, if it can be summed up in a sentence, is the ability to say in writing, with clarity and economy and grace, precisely what you want to say.

  • Style in writing is like style in anything else — some special quality that commands interest or gives pleasure, something that makes you 'sit up and take notice.'

  • ... style is not a gift. It is technique. It is the 'how' of writing as opposed to the 'what.' No matter what you have to say, you can learn to say it well. And that is style.

  • A metaphor never explains; it creates an image, and the image explains itself.

  • You write for the same reason you talk: because you have something to say.

  • ... ultimately your style reflects everything that you are — your attitudes, your capacity for thought and feeling, the whole quality of your mind and imagination.

Lucile Vaughan Payne, U.S. writer