“On Style” by Susan Sontag

“In other words, what is inevitable in a work of art is the style. To the extent that a work seems right, just, unimaginable otherwise (without loss or damage) , what we are responding to is a quality of its style. The most attractive works of art are those which give us the illusion that the artist had no alternatives, so wholly centered is he in his style.”

 

This is such an essential and thought-provoking idea on style in writing. When an author questions his words, why wouldn’t the reader? The words all so certain, from a myriad of people style is distinct and wholly yours. Without style a word is just a word made up of letters, lacking purpose and passion. 

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