I have seen people promote two different approaches to learning how to write, each with its own supporting arguments. Some say that writers need to develop their own style, and create a unique form and method of expression. Others say that writers can acquire the forms and methods of expression formerly employed by other writers and use them as a foundation for their own style. I want to know what your opinion is on these two views. I also want to know whether you believe all aspects of an author's style can be successfully imitated given enough effort. I mean such aspects as: 1. Prose Rhythm and Phonetic Rhetorical Effects 2. Metaphor and Smiley 3. Strategy of Exposition, Narration, Description, etc. 4. Logic and Thought Process 5. etc Is it possible to take the work of an early author, and compose a work that exactly mirrors its style?