I have always had the suspicion that having a sense of rhythm matters to writers. When I’m revising, I sometime find myself fixing things—adding a word, taking one out, substituting a longer word or a shorter word—just because it sounds better. It’s not a matter of meaning or being more accurate, but of finding a pleasing sound. In fact, I’m not thinking logically or even pursuing a clearer image. It’s almost a knee jerk action. I’m fixing the sound of the sentence or phrase.
I believe that writers listen to the lilt of their words and while revising, often work to make that lilt sound pleasing. I believe the word for this pleasing sound is prosody. Do you find yourself doing this?