I don’t know how many of you know this, but in my previous life I was a dancer. Actually, a dancer and a choreographer. This photo is me. (A long time ago.)
Why am a sharing this with you?
Besides the fact that I hope Freelance-Zone readers would like to get to know me a bit better, I have another, very practical reason for sharing this information. When you write about what you love, chances are good that you will get somewhere with it.
I broke into writing with a few lucky pitches and a series of magazine articles for Dance Teacher magazine. I also wrote for publications such as Highland Dancer and Dance Spirit. Not only was it easy for me to write about a subject I know a lot about, but it was fun.
I still have a passion for writing about dance, which is evidenced by the fact that I write another blog over at 4dancers.org.
If you are a new writer, why not start out writing about something you enjoy? Do you have any hobbies? See if there is a trade magazine devoted to it. Pitch an article. What do you like to do in your state? Why not share the experience with others by querying a travel piece about the activities you do for fun?
This works for seasoned writers as well. It can be easy to get trapped in a slog of decent-paying, boring work to pay the bills. Don’t let yourself drown in the doldrums–make sure you are writing some things that you love as well. Start a blog. Pitch the fun stuff. Gather material for a book down the line…
Have you scored big writing something you love? If so, do tell…you just might inspire another writer to give it a shot!