Ballroom Dancers

active dance dancer dancing

Each step increases their skill,
Creates muscle memory,
Gets them one step closer to
Winning the qualifier.
“What if we lose?” asks Emmy.
“Then we go on,” says Oscar.
“We will just practice harder.”
“We’ll hit all the beats, my dear.”
The amateurs danced their best,
But the pros defeated them.


This was written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #116, Amateur. I sometimes wonder what it takes to jump from amateur to professional; often, I think it requires focus, dedication, and time.  If I treat writing as a hobby (like I currently do), will I ever be able to feel like a pro?

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14 thoughts on “Ballroom Dancers

  1. Inquisitive Brianna says:

    Food for thought: Does it even matter if we are “pros” or “novices”? I don’t think so.

    If we have a passion for writing, then it shouldn’t matter what we consider ourselves. In fact, someone said that novices always know and remember that they have more to learn. If we continue to believe that we will never know all there is to know about our craft, what’s wrong with being a “novice”? In fact, many renowned authors (who are known worldwide as “pros”) say they never stop learning, either, and feel as though they are faking it, waiting to be called out. Some call it “Impostors Syndrome”. I call it “humble perspective”, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Just a thought I wanted to share. I’ll probably always consider myself a novice, since I will never stop learning, and that’s just fine by me. 😊

    God bless,

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Oh yeah, I definitely have impostor syndrome real bad. I think part of the struggle with writing for me is when I see other people quit their day job and throw themselves into the writing fray – they improve quickly and produce a lot more. I can’t help but think that kind of dedication would help one grow! Still, jealousy is a nasty thing, and I try to stay out of it! 🙂

      • Inquisitive Brianna says:

        Well, don’t forget those people are throwing themselves into uncertainty by living off of their writing. Perhaps caution is underestimated compared to talent. But a humble attitude always gives you the drive to learn more.

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