Does Your Writing Have Rhythm?

20 Aug

003Happy Tuesday to all of you writers!  Are you ready to dazzle the masses?  Let’s start with a quote and then we’ll get down to business.


What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
Soren Kierkegaard

I’m not all that certain what Kierkegaard was trying to say, but I know what I heard from his words.  To me, good writing is like beautiful music.  There is a rhythm to good writing, just as there is to the coordinated notes played by a symphony orchestra.

Does your writing have rhythm, or is it a series of disconnected thoughts that couldn’t find flow in a raging river?  When I think of writing without rhythm I think of the word staccato.  It is like a short burst from an automatic weapon and equally as deadly.

So how do you develop rhythm in your writing? I’m glad you asked. J


Avoid extremely long sentences.  Long sentences tend to ramble without flow, and long sentences tend to lack punctuation. As you all know, punctuation is one of the great tools in establishing rhythm, so why not use it as it was intended to be used?


Something a little different today.  Here is a video of an orchestra playing Mozart.  Humor me and watch, and listen, to it here.  Now imagine those notes being your words.



I could write a story about this picture. Can you?


I have an article coming soon about Bubblews.  I decided to try it for a week and see what all the talk was about….so I did….and briefly, let me summarize my thoughts about that site…and about HubPages as well.  Are you ready?

Good writing is good writing is good writing.  Conversely, bad writing is bad writing is bad writing.  It makes no difference which site you write on, and it makes no difference whether you dress it up with pictures and videos and spacers and polls, or whether you do a vanilla extract….the quality of writing is what should be important.

There, I’m done until my article comes out.


I know, a short version today, but life is calling me….customers, obligations, goals and dreams…they are all calling me, so no contests today and not funding sites. I’ll give those to you on Thursday.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

18 Responses to “Does Your Writing Have Rhythm?”

  1. Janine Huldie August 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I keep hearing about Bubblews and just don’t have enough time in the day right now to check it out to be honest. But hoping to see your article when you publish it now. Thanks as always though for the tips and wishing you a wonderful Tuesday now!!

    • Billybuc August 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks Janine! It will be out tomorrow.

  2. carolee44 August 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I so agree with you. Pictures are nice in that they offer attraction..especially for recipes–a must. Looking forward to your opinion of Bubblew.

    • Billybuc August 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Oh Carol, you won’t be disappointed in my appraisal of Bubblews….and HubPages. LOL Thanks for the visit my loyal friend.

  3. Russ Moran August 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Looking forward to your article on bubblews (an interesting if weird site). Yes, rhythm is important, and excessively long sentences can hurt it. And thanks for sharing Mozart – Always a gift. Russ Moran

    • Billybuc August 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Well, Russ, I’m rather blunt in my viewpoint of Bubblews as well as HubPages, so I don’t think I’ll disappoint you. LOL

  4. Deb Neyens August 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Bubblews. I was hoping you’d write about it. I have some thoughts of my own and I wonder how closely they will match up.

    • Billybuc August 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      Deb, I’m afraid I’m not too complimentary….LOL….but I’m sure you’ll find it interesting. It will be out tomorrow.

  5. Audrey Howitt August 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Mozart is always a favorite! I too would like to see what you say about Bubblews–hope your day is a good one!

    • Billybuc August 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      Thanks Audrey! Any friend of Mozart is a friend of mine. 🙂

  6. Marissa August 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I love that quote, Bill! And you can definitely tell that you were a teacher for many years – especially with your tip of the day!

    🙂 Have a good Wednesday

    • Billybuc August 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Hey Marissa, nice to see you here. Thanks…once a teacher always a teacher….not sure if that is good or bad. LOL

      • Marissa August 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

        I would consider it a good thing!

      • Billybuc August 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

        you are a doll! 🙂

  7. i'mkarn August 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Ummmm…what is a vanilla extract? I put it in cookies? lol..I love rhythm, my friend! I keep it simple, kinda like doc
    i can write it in a tree, i can write it if it’s ME!
    awesome advice, Bill-bro!

    • Billybuc August 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      Oh Leslie, you definitely have rhythm…no worries there my dear. 🙂

  8. Melanie Chisnall August 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Bill I must say some days I still have trouble not waffling on and on about some topic. ESPECIALLY one that I’m passionate about. But I think I’ve got a lot better at it over the past few months. It’s almost weekend friend, have a great Thursday.

    • Billybuc August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Mel, I’d like you to show me a writer that does not waffle on at some point. LOL We are champion wafflers at times.

      Good to see you and thank you and yes, the weekend cometh and I am quite happy.

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