Saturday, March 6, 2010
Are There "Cliques" and "Politics" in the Field of Writing?
Ask any freelancer what he most enjoys about the freelance life and no doubt you’ll hear things like freedom, escape from office politics, and not having to deal with favoritism.
Think again. Although the dynamics are a bit different, writing as an industry is not totally void of cliques and politics.
Since freelancing many moons ago, I’ve found the creative community to by and large be a place with groovy people, great support and a spirit of generosity.
But, much to my surprise, politics still exist. I won’t bore you with the details of who, what, when, and where…but trust, sooner or later it rears its ugly head.:-)
So, for the purpose of testing this theory, I do what most writers do: I conducted some research, consumed some chocolate and polled some people, and here’s the 411 on what other creative souls had to say. Read and heed!
"The only time you won't encounter politics in this life, is when you're not in this life." ---Elaine C.
"A resounding YES! From writers to soccer moms, from husbands to wives; no grouping of two or more is immune from playing the ugly game of power."---N. Brill
"Yes, I think to an extent politics may play a part in the writing world. While I do believe that editors are willing to give new writers a shot if they like a query or submission, I'm certain that they will deal with -- or even reach out for -- a writer they've worked with in the past who has proven himself\herself and that they can trust before considering new writers.
That's maybe NOT political, but logical -- at least to me."---Steve
"I personally think politics exists everywhere. As long as there is jealousy, envy or any other negative feelings, crap will arise."---Anonymous
Pen and Prosper welcomes your perspective and your comments. Do you think that politics exist in writing? Should they exist? Has this dynamic ever impacted you in your career personally? What lesson did it teach you?