No coffee, no creativity.
Do you know whether your writing jigs or jives? Most business writers ignore the power of rhythm. They think rhythm is for poets, musicians, and dancers.
Why would a business writer worry about something as esoteric as rhythm? Well, have you ever worked out while listening to music? Did you notice how the cadence of the music influenced your speed of running, cycling or lifting weights?
You might not be aware of it, but a higher-tempo song makes you bounce a little faster. Your brain synchronizes with the tempo of the music; and, as neuroscientist Dr.
Daniel Levitin arguesyou might not even feel your muscles protesting because the music enhances your mood and increases your pain threshold.
Writing can flow so softly, it almost sends you to sleep. Writing can hop and skip, putting a smile on your face. Rhythm is one of the most underrated aspects of writing.
Just like the music during your workout, your readers can sense the rhythm in your writing. Yucky rhythm can make your readers click away, while carefully composed rhythm can keep your readers engaged.
Want to know how rhythm can enhance your content?
Examples of rhythm in writing Rhythm is easiest to spot in poetry, where the same cadence is repeated line after line. For I am the ruler of all that I see! Note how the stress pattern is the same in the first and third sentence, and also in the second and fourth.
Stressed syllables in bold: The rhythm in nursery rhymes and traditional poetry tends to be fairly rigid. Have you read On the Road by Jack Kerouac? It reads like the author is in a hurry to get his story shared.
When reading, you hardly have time to take a breath, the sentences keep running, one after the other.
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I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road. Even if your gift mistakenly gets shipped to the inside of an active volcano then shot into the middle of the ocean where the government is conducting nuclear test explosions, the contents will be safe and sound.
Rhythm creates a mood. Rhythm can make you rush ahead, or slow you down to quietly enjoy reading. When she opens the bedroom window, the noise of the airplanes becomes louder. Otherwise, the night is dreadfully silent: No footfalls on the cobbles.
Just a high tide, one block away and six stories below, lapping at the base of the city walls. Something rattling softly, very close.
She eases open the left-hand shutter and runs her fingers up the slats of the right. A sheet of paper has lodged there.[Letters to Fanny Knight] I CONFESS to having entertained some doubts as to the publication of the five letters addressed by "Aunt Jane" to my mother in -- doubts not so much as to the propriety of their publication as to the possible dislike which some of my own family might feel at the dragging to light of items of private history which, seventy years ago, were no doubt.
Ha, DT, true about the coffee although at the risk of “too much information” sometimes I refused to move while I’m writing so I break the very important life rule: “use it or lose it”.
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