Why Writers Don’t Belong in the Corporate World

A mega brand is no place for a free-spirited creative.

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When you think of writing as a career, there’s a certain picture that comes to mind. A paper-filled desk, a seat by the window, the sound of the keyboard clacking away in front of you. And in this picture, the writer is almost always alone.

But in reality, a career in writing usually doesn’t mean solo work. Especially if you want to make money doing it.

Sure, the act of writing is a solitary activity. No doubt. But it’s the rest of it that usually involves working with other people. Collaborating with designers. Getting approvals. Presenting to clients. When it comes down to it, professional writing is really a team sport.

And for some, that collaborative environment may be just right. But for others, the more introverted types, myself included, a professional writing career isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s why:

1. Managers know best

Often, the people managing writers are not writers themselves. At least, this has been the case in 3 out of my 4 professional jobs. These managers don’t understand the writing process and usually give arbitrary feedback and advice that isn’t helpful or useful for furthering our careers.

2. Customers are always right

When you work for a large company like I do, the customer is the brand. That means I have to write in the brand voice, not my own, and write the things that will grow awareness and make money for the company.

3. Everyone thinks they’re a writer

To be successful as a writer, you’re going to have learn to work with others, whether you’re in the corporate world or not. But the problem is, other people can often hinder your ability to do good writing.

I don’t really have a solution to this, except, like much of life, professional writing involves a lot of compromise. Just be careful not to compromise too much of what makes you a good writer.

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Copywriter. Blogger. Wife. Bibliophile. Romcom Lover. Tea Addict. Grammar Nerd. Email me: maria.elharaoui@gmail.com

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