I aspire to write beautifully -- what is some great writing that uses colorful, creative language and style?
I’m a college kid, and I find that my writing is not very pleasing. I write...functionally, but not beautifully. My writing style is bland, lacking character, overly straightforward and structurally simple, and my vocabulary is terribly boring. While this is fine for school papers, I crave the satisfaction of being able to write well -- being able to write things that I find beautiful and want to read again and share with others.
I recently read a short non-fiction work by E. B. White (linked
to on Mefi recently). The writing is fantastic, and the way the ideas are expressed is so imaginative and colorful -- completely new to me! Another work I've come across that had the same feeling (even in translation!) was Smilla's Sense of Snow
by Peter Høeg. I aspire to write like this, and want to read more works written with such refreshing and captivating use of language!
Help me expand my linguistic horizons -- What else can I read to get an idea of colorful, creative, enchanting writing?