The beginner should approach style warily, realizing that it is himself he is approaching, no other; and he should begin by turning resolutely away from all devices that are popularly believed to indicate style - all mannerisms, tricks, adornments. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity.
I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made. almost no new classics resemble other previous classics. at first people see only the awkwardness. then they are not so perceptible. when they show so very awkwardly people think these awkwardnesses are the style and many copy them. this is regrettable.