Wednesday, March 8, 2017

...I Want to Bang on the Drum All Day...

Hear that beat? It's everywhere. Our hearts bang it out. Slow, steady, insistent. Or perhaps fast, quick-stepping. Like the sound of...ramming speed! Or perhaps so fast they'll explode.

Rhythm surrounds us. We were born into it. Likewise, there is a cadence to words. Let's look at a few examples.

One of my favorites is Star Wars. Just the title. It's a simple drum beat. Ba bum! And it drills into you, never letting you forget.

Then there's a sentence I love, the first sentence in Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five". "I have come unstuck in time." Say that sentence aloud, and listen to its rhythm. Da da DAH da DAH da dah, with a downbeat on the word 'time'.

And that's the takeaway. Writing (and reading) doesn't deal with just flat words, entering our bodies visually. We hear the words, as well. So, as writers, when we're editing, we need to read our work aloud. If not to other folks, as in a critique group, then to ourselves. And hear the drum beat.

Keep writing, friends.