Sunday, February 08, 2015

"Draft" from The New York Times, Part 1: The Rhythm of Writing

The New York Times runs an occasional series on writing, Draft, about the art and craft of writing. Over the next few posts, I want to draw attention to some of these articles because I often refer to them in my writing courses or recommend them as useful reading to aspiring writers.

One of these articles, "Writing to the Beat" by Perry Garfinkel, discusses connections between other art forms, in Garkinkel's case, drumming, and writing. The benefits of doing both activities includes not only the chance to better balance mental and physical activities but to gain insight into the rhythm of writing, the sound of the language moving readers along whichever path the writer aim to direct them. Living in both art forms also helps the artist appreciate one of them far more when engaged in the other. It's a brief piece of imaginative writing.