the nuances of writer prejudice

snobby man

I was on one of my favorite author’s blogs the other day, and he phrased part of a post in an interesting way. I won’t call him out by name, not that he would care or even see this.

He (I’ll refer to him as “Blogger”) wrote a post about one of his friends who had recently died. The friend was a writer, a successful one.  But Blogger included a statement about how even though the friend’s first manuscript was culled from the slush pile, he was considered “one of us” by this, apparently, blessed circle of writers born with an agent contract in their hand.

Interesting differentiation.

I’ve never thought of Blogger as the snooty type. I’ve been reading his blog for years and he always seemed like a gentle soul but this…was it a peek behind the public persona mask?

This leads me to ask – if dead writer man had skills (which he clearly did) and they were such good friends, why did that divide still exist in Blogger’s mind? Why did it matter enough to include in the post that was otherwise positive?

And what must they think of us indie writers?

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6 comments on “the nuances of writer prejudice

  1. That is interesting. I suppose it’s just one of those faults within friendships that cannot be explained.

    • RLDraws says:

      True. I’m sure his perspective is just the result of whatever writing/publishing culture he’s been exposed to for so many years. He usually seems like a pretty nice guy.

  2. Bill Chance says:

    I think it’s important to separate writers from their creations. It’s hard to do, but you must judge each work on their own – irrespective of who wrote it. Hard to do sometimes, but to put down otherwise worthy work or an otherwise worthwhile person because they don’t fit in your category is a bad idea and intellectually lazy.

    Interesing entry, thanks for sharing.

    • RLDraws says:

      Intellectually lazy. I like that! And it’s very true. People just get stuck in a certain mindset, and staying there is easier than breaking away.

      Thank you.

  3. Daniel says:

    Odd comment to make, but I think sometimes people try to say something nice about someone else, and end up saying volumes about themselves. Perhaps he was egotistically lamenting the fact that his own capacity for expression is dysfunctional.

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