October 12, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Four: The Spirit of Your Writing

Posted in Poetry tagged , , at 8:38 am by Rebecca Hein

Musicians are taught to count each measure of music to help them play the rhythm right. Certainly there has to be a way to keep track of the beat and stay with it so listeners can recognize the piece you’re playing, and so you can play in sync with other musicians.

The beat is inherently hypnotic, and you want to use it to mesmerize the audience. Yet in music, as in writing, the literal counting of the beat, or the too-detailed planning-out of your project, isn’t necessarily the best way.

It’s better to feel the beat, or the spirit of your writing project, and to let these things hit you in the midst of pouring out the music or words. This is the energy behind your art, as you wait for those moments of wonder that push you beyond the particulars and into the magic.



  1. elizakeller said,

    Yes! Not everything has to be tortured and polished.

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Yes, it’s wonderful how a lot of polishing emerges as the natural result of a poetic frame of mind. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Beautiful writing and shared insight. Thanks for posting this

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Thanks for this great comment. Beautiful writing is much easier if I can just create flow and stay with it.

  3. I first write what’s right. Then I right what’s wrong. I’ve always found that getting it all out first is so much more productive than worrying about editing as I type.

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Yes, and I’ve found that the need for editing decreases, the farther I get into that poetic zone.

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