Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm.

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words… Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words fit to it.

—Virginia Woolf, 1926 letter to V. Sackville-West.

I have have taken the above quotation from from Brooks Landon, who in turn took it from Ursula Le Guin. I thoroughly recommend the audiobook of the lecture series from which it was taken Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft. It also includes some great sentences from DeLillo, Pynchon, & Didion, to name a few.

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