If I don’t dance one day, I notice it. If I don’t dance two days in a row, my audience notices it. If I don’t dance three days in a row, I should get another job.” – Fred Astaire.

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Replace the word “dance” with the word “write” and you uncover a driving force in my life, and something you might consider applying to yourself, if you want to grow as a writer.

(As for who is Fred Astaire… he was a famous dancer. You can replace Astaire/dance with Eric Clapton/practice guitar, or Tom Brady/practice football or Beyonce/sing…)

The point is if you want— not just wish— to become a writer who gets paid, you must write. Blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, or even articles for your local newspaper should be on your “to do” list. And if you need to write without pay at first, so be it.

Modesty aside, if I were in a room with any 10 of you, I could compose a newspaper article faster and better at the first draft stage than 9 of you. That’s not because I am better than you. I just have more practice at it, having been writing for more than 40 years. I made my first dollar as a writer while in high school.

I’ve written for media outlets that paid and for community organizations that couldn’t afford to pay. Yet, I kept writing,— over the years—be it sports, music, theatre, television or just a club’s press release.

And now I write four different theme blogs, plus tweets for each account.

Look around your home town, there are writing opportunities. Whether they are for pay or not, take advantage to continue your growth as a writer.