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  1. lumino

    Style Guide Rules vs Artful Grammar

    When asking a question on Quora about the need to revolve sentences around strong verbs I was told that people designed such rules because aspiring writers don't want to take the time to learn grammar, and that if I want to create a masterpiece I might need to ignore such rules. I am reminded...
  2. lumino

    Quantify/Qualifying the rhythm of lyrical prose

    I know that you will probably say that I should just depend on my ear, but I am looking for some set of principles that can produce prose rhythm, given certain parameters. Even though I have managed to produce good prose rhythm in the past, I still want a set of principles. For some reason I am...
  3. lumino

    Precision and Style

    I have observed in the works I have read, that the diction of each one is precise, and yet different from all others in style. And that it should have one quality and also the other seems to my mind contradictory, for I have been told that in the English language there are no synonyms which have...
  4. lumino

    A Better Way to Write

    The things I write do not sound good, myself not doing what I should, to set down roughly all my thoughts and render then their roughness naught. Intending lofty, cadenced words to be in all my writing heard, but thoughts of mine not fully framed, the words I write I cannot tame. And thus do...
  5. lumino

    Some Books on Style

    I recommended some books to Theglasshouse but not to everyone in the forum. So, since these books would probably be helpful in developing good prose style, I thought I should share them with you. One is called "Building Great Sentences....". It talks about the cumulative syntax and other...
  6. lumino

    Lacking Ideas

    It is evident to me that my skill with language is greater than my skill with thoughts, for though some may think that this is false, when having in my skill with words great confidence, I often cannot think of anything to write. And this, I think, may be because my knowledge of the world is...
  7. lumino

    Hopefully, I have made some progress.

    I have long undertaken to master writing, but have faced setbacks time after time for neglecting to follow certain rules. Though many have critiqued short pieces I wrote, advising me to follow those rules, I refused to do so because I thought I needed to achieve my goal through some other means...
  8. lumino

    You know what I just realized?

    I was just looking at some things I wrote several years ago, and it has become evident to me that my linguistic skills may have been better back then. My words were clear, they were easy to understand, and they flowed. Not only that, but I wrote them by revising as I wrote, that is to say, I did...
  9. lumino

    The rhetorician's couldn't figure it out

    What I have often researched on the web is prose rhythm, looking for some principles by which to arrange metrical feet in my writing, in order to give it the sound of something as eloquent as the King James Bible. I have not found much of anything to do with rules for rhythm, except things that...
  10. lumino

    Disdain for Beautiful Writing

    Disdain for Beautiful Prose It seems that today many disdain prose with a style that makes you attend to it, discouraging those who would write that way from doing so, and urging them to use the plainest words that they can. I, on the other hand, though I have striven to avoid writing that way...
  11. lumino

    Concerning the King James Bible and one reason I have trouble writing

    For a long time I have been in the habit of revising as I write, which I attribute to this feeling, that I cannot achieve the voice I want by revising a sloppy draft, a feeling which is due to my doubts about the flexibility of language. When I examine a piece of writing which I consider to be...
  12. lumino

    How do you write a long sentence that is acceptable?

    How do you write a long sentence which cannot be criticized on the basis of clarity, coherence, etc? It seems that when I try to make a sentence longer and longer, I somehow connect information that others say should be in separate sentences and cause my syntax to become convoluted. Is there a...
  13. lumino

    Expressing Multiple Ideas in the Same Sentence

    Is it wrong to write a single sentence that moves through multiple ideas from one to the next, as long as the sentence is not difficult to read? If so, does one idea have to have a smooth logical connection to the next? If so, then wouldn't that mean that separate sentences also should not...
  14. lumino

    Is it wrong to use synonyms to achieve rhythm?

    Let's say you want to write in a certain kind of voice, and using one word in a certain places goes against your goal because of its sound. Is it wrong, then, to use a synonym with a sound that helps you accomplish your goal? Would this be wrong because no two words in the English language mean...
  15. lumino

    Is there anything wrong with this sentence?

    I am trying to achieve a certain register. Do you see anything wrong with this sentence? Is it wrong that I am using "designed" and "made" after "created"? Do these count as unnecessary redundancies? If so, is there a better way to word the sentence? Is "bear witness" too archaic to be used...
  16. lumino

    Style Limited by Form

    The title of this thread should be: Style Limited by Content When reading the works of different authors, I see that each of them have a quality of voice that differs from that of the others, which I attribute to cadence or prose rhythm. But I fail to see how the words they use differ from the...
  17. G

    Being Discriptive? Should it be long or short?

    So many author's I have read have a really ability to create such vivid descriptions in just one or two sentences. When I describe something I can go on and on. Should I keep it short a sweet? Or should I keep it longer. I also allways compare it to other things, like "It was a color she would...
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