“A writer’s real work is the endless winnowing of sentences,
The relentless exploration of possibilities,
The effort, over and over again, to see in what you started out to say
The possibility of saying something you didn’t know you could.”
“The emotional power the reader feels
Depends on how clearly you know what your words
That clarity isn’t natural.
It’s artificial, the result of hard work.”
“Style is an expression of the interest you take in the
making of every sentence.
It emerges, almost without intent, from your engagement
with each sentence.
It’s the discoveries you make in the making of the prose
itself.”Verlyn Klinkenborg, Several Short Sentences About Writing, pages 14, 82, 84