Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Writing is Like Dancing


Writing is like dancing. Everyone wants the trophy but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to get it. I knew my girls had “it” because they danced around the house all the time.

With their hair neatly pulled back into a dinner roll bun shape, sparkling black patent tap shoes, I drove my talented twin girls to the local dance studio.

Soon my fantasy turned into reality. Turned in toes, bent knees, rounded backs and $400 a month! This was not the picture I had of my little darlings in the limelight. Stardom was going to take a little longer than I had imagined.

I filled out the enrollment form for the 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon combination class.

Week one: Ballet, jazz and tap all taught in 55 minutes. (What did I know?) At this rate they would learn one dance in nine months to be performed at the annual recital.

Week two: Flap, flap, ball chain, shuffle, grapevine… Dance slang… So exciting… I was learning more than my seven year olds. My feet began to vibrate with each tap.

Week three: My daughters had talent. I am sure the teacher would recognize it if she would just take her eyes off the Shirley Temple Clone in the red sequined leotard.

Week four: At last! The individual attention I had been waiting for. Each child was to gracefully walk across the floor on their little tippy toes while holding their arms as if they were carrying a large beach ball, with heads high and shoulders down…. It was obvious my darlings had never carried a large beach ball.

Week five: Repetition of weeks, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Thirty-six more weeks to go.

Before the thirty-six weeks were half over, I realized one dance class a week was not going to make anyone a dancer. In order to become good at what you do, you must do it daily.

Writing is like dancing. It is a discipline and must be practiced daily.


Write it down,

Carma

10 comments:

  1. Hi Carma,

    So true! Practice, practice, practice!

    Have a great day!

    Theresa
    Stress-FreeParent.blogspot.com

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  2. Yes Theresa, there is just no way around it.

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  3. Hi, Carma,

    Nice post. I like the way you told a story here to make a point. I loved your humor, too.:)

    Yes, practice makes perfect no matter what it is we are trying to do.

    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer's Coach
    http://www.workingwriterscoach.com
    "When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Suzanne. Yes it takes practice but the practice should be fun too.

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  5. Hi, Carma,

    I love the comparison. My kids tooks gymnastics, so I can relate. Keep up the good work.

    Lisa Kirby
    www.familyfunandfood.blogspot.com

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  6. Having attended the famous FAME school NYC, I definitely appreciate your comparision between the arts of writing and dancing.

    Each word is step towards completing the piece or sequence.

    Thanks so much for this,
    Dorit
    http://newteacherresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

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  7. Carma,

    This is the best yet. Sounds just like you. Not so serious as before, but still, very orderly. I really like this one having been determined for years to be a Bob Fosse dancer (hundred years ago). How do you get the pics in there?

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  8. Hi Lisa Kirby, I am sure you know of all the hoopla that goes with this kind of thing regarding competitions.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Dorit what an amazing accomplishment to attend the FAME school. I remember when they had a TV show modeled after it.

    Everything is choreographed.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Lisa H., Wow Bob Fosse dancer. I love Bob Fosse choreography and all that jazz.

    You need to contact me so we can get your pictures posted.

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