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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.”