I have been working on a project that has sent me into the public domain searching for works that will not cause me to pay royalties yet will entertain and enlighten. So, in this endeavor I have revisited authors and philosophers from the 17th century. Back then, they were often one and the same mixed together. As I came upon some of the works of Ben Johnson, I found a quote of his that struck me right between the eyes. On the subject of writing, he had some great advice.
. . . to write well, there are required three necessaries,
to read the best authors
Observe the best speakers:
And much exercise of your own style.
Did he have a crystal ball or what? He went on to delineate what he believed was style, but I will not bore you with that (or should I say that I want you to research and discover it for yourself?) Thanks Ben!