Posts tagged ‘instinct’


sound and rhythm

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.

Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing (2001)


by ear

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.

Joan Didion, The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1 (1976)

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