Christina Katz talked about rhythm in her ezine, The Prosperous Writer. She stated that finding one’s rhythm with regards to both quiet time to contemplate your writing and in terms of writing time itself was essential to cultivating a writer’s life. I think I agree with this.
There are many ways to think of rhythm –
Literally, as it relates to the way in which you put words on the page – your author’s voice.
And figuratively, as it relates to the beat of the drum you march to in your life – your path, in a way.
There are many other words we use for rhythm –
Either way, rhythm has a purpose to a writer. And finding one’s rhythm – one’s voice and one’s path – is key to finding the authenticity you can bring to your life as a writer.
I’ve blogged a million times on the topic of authenticity – both in writing and in life. I think finding your rhythm – your “way” of doing things is the surest way to find your authenticity in your life.
There are many routes to publication, just as there are many ways to write a particular story – many points of view. Finding the one that is uniquely yours takes practice, but it is practice well spent. It is this path – this rhythm – that can help shape the life you cultivate as a writer, and give you the direction and foundation you’ll need during the more difficult phases of this business.
What about you guys – do you think “being rhythmic” is an essential aspect of being a writer.