Writing rhythm is easy to recognize and develop. In this article, we’ll delve into one of two types of writing rhythm (your personal writing rhythm and the rhythm of your content). Let’s look at your personal writing rhythm.
Your writing rhythm is the time of day when your energy is better for writing than at any other time. It’s the time when your productive juices are flowing at their best. You are alert and excited about writing. Like other Night Writers, you attest to an early morning being their best time for writing. And the second-best time is the late evening.
The same holds true for Night Writers who are full-time (day job) mothers of small children. The results from a recent social media survey on this topic favoured the early morning for getting their writing done. This rang true for career mothers who work full-time out of the home. They thought it was best to complete their writing before the unexpected activities of the day ate up their scheduled writing time.
RHYTHM CREATES A MOOD
A large part of discovering your writing rhythm is acknowledging when you are joyfully productive. It’s your peak time. If you feed well, you write better. You want to feel good about what you are penning and you hope it requires fewer corrections when it’s time to edit.
In searching out your rhythm, you should reach what some call your “sweet spot,” a mythical place where your fingers can’t move fast enough. The thoughts are flowing and there’s a welcomed tension between hearing it and keying it in before the thought is lost. And so it continues, like a great symphonic crescendo. The intensity drives you to create more and more content. If only you could keep this writing rhythm for the entire length of your book. You’d live happily ever after.
Much to your dismay, you’ve maxed out the intensity of this movement. This rhythm comes to an unwanted end. Either the alarm screams at you or your thoughts dissipate as quickly as they surfaced. It’s over for now so you move on with other matters in your life. Yet there’s the fear that you might repeat this scenario at your next scheduled session.
Some writers miss catching their writing rhythm because they are over-focused on completing their writing assignments for the day. Their scheduled writing time has become routine; they can’t resume their former writing rhythm. They may need to change something in their writing environment to increase their sensitivity to their writing rhythm.
You’ll find more information on this topic in chapter 5 of the book, NIGHT WRITER: Optimize Your Time, Upgrade Your Skills, and Write Around Your Day Job, available on Amazon.com.