Writing Is Like Going To A Dance

writingIt’s been a while since I’ve added to my “Writing Is Like” series, so in honor of all the proms and end of year dances going on across the country, I thought I’d add this to the mix. So . . . writing is like going to a dance.

How in the world is writing like going to a dance?

Well, because writers are like different kind of dancers.

The Wallflowers

Before someone gets offended, I’m going to straight out say that I do NOT agree with a lot of the definitions of what a wallflower is. If you go onto urban dictionary, the definitions are horrendous. In one of them it said that wallflowers “are introvertive, meaning they are shy and have a social disease.” What???? Being an introvert is not a social disease.

Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about here. For the purposes of this post, I’m going to define a wallflower as a person who’s in the room, towards the outside edges and is watching EVERYTHING.

I love these kinds of people. They are observant, usually very interesting when you talk to them and they are content doing their own little thing.

Some writers and like wallflowers. They learn what they can, maybe dance/write a little and they are perfectly content to watch.

I’ve been know to be a wallflower myself, in dancing and in writing.

The Goof Offs

Again, I have to wonder who writes the definition of things. Apparently a Goof Off is defined as a lazy person who slacks off. That’s not how I see it though. I see a Goof Off as a silly person who just jumps right into the action, does their own thing, may look ridiculous, but has a great time doing it.

If you’ve ever been to a dance, you know the kind of person I’m talking about. They don’t care who’s watching or that they don’t know the dance moves to a particular song. They are dancing away because they are there to have fun and so what if it they aren’t dancing like anyone else.

I love these kinds of people. They are happy and fun to be around. These are the kinds of writers who just write. They go for it. They will independent publish in a heartbeat and love every minute of it.

The Regulars

Sorry, that’s a horrible name for them -but they are awesome. These types of dancers are the people who are competent at dancing, enjoy dancing and work really hard to learn the dance moves -or it just comes naturally. Who knows how many of them actually practice their dance moves before coming to the dance.

These types of dancers make up the majority of those on the dance floor. Many of them started out as Wallflowers. Some may have been Goof Offs at one point (though, Goof Offs tend to stay Goof Offs because they like it that way).

These types of dancers are the writers who work hard to learn their craft. They practice. They write as often as they can. Many are really, really good. Some are trying really, really hard.

I think it’s good to be a regular writer. Even though it’s good to be all these types of writers, because let’s face it, you’re writing, regular writers go on to become . . .

The Awesomes

Ok, I was going to say “the cool ones” but that seemed too high schoolish, and I haven’t been in high school for *cough cough* years.

The Awesome dancers are the ones that everyone watches. They know the dance moves, they look cool doing it and they’ve got a crowd of fans cheering them on.

We’ve all seen them. At some point we’ve all wanted to be them.

The Awesome dancers are the writers who crank out books every year, they get movie deals or mini series. Their books get turned into games. Their book signings draw crowds of people who have to spend hours at a time in line just to get a book autographed (yes, I’ve stood in a line for hours to meet my favorite author).

These are the writers that all us regular people put up on a pedestal and want to be like. And, there are very few of these kinds of writers on the “dance floor.” Even though these Awesome writers are very visible, they are not the norm. They may be perfectly normal people, but their success is not typical of all the writers out there.

So, this is how writing is like going to a dance. At a dance, there are several different kinds of dancers, just like there are several different kinds of writers. The only thing that matters is that we all get on the dance floor and have a great time.

Interested in the other articles in my “Writing Is Like” series? Check out:

Writing Is Like Losing Weight and Writing Is Like Photography.

So, what kind of writer are you on the dance floor?


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2 Responses to Writing Is Like Going To A Dance

  1. Allie P. says:

    I am a combination of wallflower and goof off by your definition. I will sit on the sidelines, sipping my drink, chatting with one or two friends, slowly building up the nerve to jump onto the floor and act like I don’t care that anyone is watching. Sometimes I wind up having so much fun, I convince myself it is the truth.

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