Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.— Pablo Picasso
Provocative Writing Style quotations
When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
I've always written songs that were confessional, acoustic, wordy - my writing style matches my personality. The music always has to match the mouth it comes out of.
When I started writing 'A Million Little Pieces,' I felt like it was the right story with the style I had been looking for, and I just kept going.
A writer's voice is not character alone, it is not style alone;
it is far more. A writer's voice line the stroke of an artist's brush- is the thumbprint of her whole person- her idea, wit, humor, passions, rhythms.
Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add.
Style has always been in my mind the author's Self, the creative expression of that Self.
Free voluntary reading results in better reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development
I don't care about truth; I care about art and style and writing and occupying the wall. For me, my writing style is very linked to the fact that it is a work of art on the wall. I had to find a way to write in concise, effective phrases that people standing or walking into a room could read.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
I drop styles on ears...the public bite 'em. Not many went to school, so the dummies wouldn't write 'em. They say, "Yo Keith! You're Kool, you usin' big words!" I went to college, I'm even more stupid, herb.
Stuart Rojstaczer writes with enormous wit, style and empathy, and The Mathematician's Shiva is a big-hearted, rollickingly funny novel that's impossible to put down. A tremendous debut.
I'm always aware of writing around things I can't do, and I've come to think that that's actually what 'style' is - an avoidance of your deficiencies.
Fine writing is a distinct disadvantage.
So is unique literary style. They take attention from the subject
Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you've done in your life and write about that.
I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters.
My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me the centre of paralysis.
After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins.
It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book.
I learn so much from writing with other musicians, asking questions about their playing style and gear, and hanging out, too.
The fact that I'm shouting that I have Gangnam style makes people crack up.
Imagine if Brad Pitt was singing the song - would it be funny? A twist is important when it comes to writing lyrics.
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
Resist the temptation to try to use dazzling style to conceal weakness of substance.
Whatever coast he's on, a man should be himself.
I don't write in any particular idiom, I write Charles Mingus.
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the single most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.
A good writer does not write as people write, but as he writes.
A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear to be so.
You hear it said time and time again by successful directors: You have to make a movie for yourself. Don't make it for anyone else. My style of filmmaking happens to be give the audience what they know they don't want, but they want. Ultimately I have to write and direct in a way that let's just say, you don't want to regret making a choice.
What I would like to write is a book about nothing, a book without exterior attachments, which would be held together by the innerforce of its style, as the earth without support is held in the air--a book that would have almost no subject or at least in which the subject would be almost invisible.
Every composer's music reflects in its subject-matter and in its style the source of the money the composer is living on while writing the music.
However, please allow me to say that the fundamental style of my writing has been to start from my personal matters and then to link it up with society, the state and the world.
If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
On "Tonight" I think I was torn dreadfully between writing what I wanted to write, but keeping it in a style that would follow up what I had just done. That's where I feel I was untrue to myself as an artist . . . that album and, to a lesser extent, "Never Let Me Down."
Young writers need to be encouraged to write - just write - with no restrictions on form, style or content.
A page of Addison or of Irving will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of Poe's will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook.