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Author and writer Scott Gold notes how fortunate he is to have a small, close group of food writing friends that functions ...
as both a social and support network. At events, he is able to talk with peers about the food industry as well as writing. He notes that while some journalists and non-fiction writers are protective of ideas, his group tends to be more open and sharing.
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Erik: How has peer support made your writing career more fulfilling?
Scott: Well, the great thing about being a food writer is that when your peers are also food writers, so that means that they love to eat, drink, and usually cook. So I’m really blessed to have a wonderful relatively small group of food-writing friends that I see on a relatively consistent basis, and usually, there is going to be food and drink involved, so we’ll get together and we’ll cook a big meal, have a dinner party, or we’ll all go out and share some drinks, or, you know, we’ll all see each other at certain events, and we’ll all have a good time, but at the same time as we’re, you know, having a good time, it’s always an opportunity for us to talk to each other about the industry, about the job, and also about the writing, you know, and we’ll network with each other, and so on, and so forth, but, again, writing being a solitary process, being a journalist, you know, less so. So being able to bounce ideas off each other, and, you know, to have that support when, you know, you’re thinking about maybe writing a piece, and, you know, you run it by one of your colleagues, and they’re like I think that’s a fantastic idea, and you have to pitch it to this person. And have you thought about maybe covering this angle because I think that would be good? Go for it. And, you know, some journalists, and non-fiction writers are very, you know, protective of their ideas, but, you know, when you have a really good group of friends and colleagues, you’re not gonna steal stuff from one another because then you’re not gonna be friends anymore and you’re not gonna have that same support that, you know, that we have, and that we love, and that we appreciate. And, you know, God forbid, you lose a friend that likes to go out and eat and drink like you do. That will be a tragedy. Much less someone who is, you know, important enough in a professional capacity.
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