The Rhythm of Creation, with Henry Chung

I recently started reading an adventure novel. Everything about the the first page hooked me in because the protagonist has a clear problem and I knew the dangers of what he must do to solve it. The story is amazing. Then, I had a thought–“how does a writer get into creating something so wonderful?”

I’m not an expert on this topic. I didn’t read any books to answer the above question, but I do have a theory. After thinking in the shower this morning my theory is this: rhythm!

Not everything we create has rhythm, but I believe there’s a secret rhythm to the creating process that even the creator isn’t aware of. When Stephen King was asked where his ideas come from, he said, “I don’t know.” Like modern music, the words of a good book will have a sort of rhythm to it. Although it may not be a steady rhythm like the beat of a song it’s still there and flowing, like classical music perhaps.

This internal rhythm in a creation gives insight into the rhythm of the creator’s mind when he or she was creating. We’ll never know what it was like inside for J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter or J.R. Tolkien when he wrote Lord of the Rings but just like how a businessman gets into a momentum and is afraid to stop I bet it’s the same for these fiction writers. In other words, they entered a rhythm, a mental beat or mode of production, that makes the creation process easier if not possible in the first place.

Imagine trying to write a book but you could only write one word every 5 minutes. That would suck! This fact helps to prove how important getting into a rhythm is when creating something. Even a painter or a car designer gets into a rhythm at work, whether it’s with brushstrokes or lines of the pencil.

So next time you want to be creative but feel stuck, try getting into a rhythm and see how that helps. Creating is so fun!