When Did Writers Become Second Class Citizens?
This isn’t exactly a rant. It’s more a question, a puzzle I’ve been trying to solve for quite some time.
Fresh off a writer’s conference, I’m pumped and discouraged, and elated and despairing, assured and unsure… Whatever gamut of emotions that’s intimately tied to ego and self-expression, there’s nothing quite like several days of advice panels to make me realize how much and how little I know.
And that’s neither good nor bad, it’s just the nature of the beast, the perks of joining a community of content creators (who used to be called “artists” before commercialization, product placements, and the endless pressure to quantify the self in pursuit of a vision of success that’s tied to monetary worth alone).
As a writer I wear many hats, not all of them associated with the physical act of getting isolated words parsed into some coherence that forms the core of a…
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