The elements of style provide rules for writing succinct prose, saying that rhythm is important "all things being equal". I want to write succinct, flowing prose. So, how do I achieve these two goals at the same time? Do I just focus on clarity, hoping that rhythm will result? Or do I polish for rhythm once I have made my writing succinct?
Anyway, I do not follow "The Elements of Style" because I found "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" a superior style guide.
What style guide do you think I should use if I want to write succinct, flowing prose? I need one that speaks not only of clarity, but of rhythm as well.
In the past, I did not follow the rules in those style guides because I thought that if I followed them, I would not be able to make my writing flow. Also, I was obsessed with emulating the prose rhythm of the King James Bible because I found its language poetic and beautiful. Since this effort did not bear the fruit of pleasing anyone, I now prefer to write in plain, succinct, and flowing prose.