Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.

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In writing, one has to recapture this

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words. But on the other hand here I am sitting after half the morning, crammed with ideas, and visions, and so on, and can’t dislodge them, for lack of the right rhythm. Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates in this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it; and in writing (such is my present belief) one has to recapture this, and set this working (which has nothing apparently to do with words) and then, as it breaks and tumbles in the mind, it makes words to fit it: But no doubt I shall think differently next year.

by Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941)
Letter to V. Sackville-West, 16 March 1926
from The Letters of Virginia Woolf, Volume III, 1923-1928
image – Hamed Saber

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3 Responses to “Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.”

  1. E. A. Able Says:

    Thank you, Clarissa, for sending this to me!

  2. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    You are so very welcome, Elizabeth. And you chose the perfect image!

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