Writing Rhythm

Rhythm in writing is a many splendored thing: There’s the rhythm we find in the pattern of words that can be lyrical and ear-pleasing or jarring and agitating. But there’s also another kind of rhythm in writing: the rhythm of the regimen we embrace in order to get our thoughts out of our heads and onto the page. While this is often called “writing process,” I like “writing rhythm” better, because it seems more in tune with what we’re trying to accomplish.

For quite a while, I had a steady daily rhythm going: I was working on my YA novel revision for about three hours and then committing another hour or sometimes more, to working on something new. And the rest of the time, I was letting ideas percolate and roll around in my head. This set up seemed to work well for me on several fronts:

It gave me just enough structure to feel anchored: Having a core commitment of time to build my writing around was calming and reassuring. Whatever the plot issue or scene I was working on, I knew each day that I had a nice chunk of time to noodle it around in. Paradoxically, this was relaxing and also freed me to focus intensely.

It helped me find a smooth groove: I was making reasonably steady progress every day, which felt satisfying. I knew I could count on my daily regimen to push me forward: I’d come up with a workable strategy to support my writing goals.

It sparked exciting moments of creativity: Having a strategy I could sustain from day to day strengthened my resolve to keep going, even when I hit rough patches. And fighting through these tough moments often resulted in new ideas and insights into
my characters: the universe was rewarding me for staying on track.

All this is in the past tense because I recently lost my groove — and now I’m committed to getting it back. How about you? Do you have a rhythmic approach to your writing? If so, has it helped you move toward your goals? I’d love to know — as we all write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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