c : dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style
d : scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity
Elegance is something I strive after with my writing. It is an elusive quality, and for me, has to do with several elements in the craft of writing - word choice, rhythm and plot. Often it is discovered in revision, as if, when all the unnecessary words were cut away, what was left was elegant and spare. I think it is also what we look for with complicated plot structures - to find at the end - that there was only one way that things could have worked out. It is thrilling to come across it in a piece of writing and it can be any style (but perhaps florid?). I've found it in dime store mysteries, sci fi, horror, and the classics. It isn't about elegant things or people - it is simply using the most precise and evocative words in the clearest way and with a beguiling rhythm.