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Writers as Imagists
Copyright January 2015 by Anne Hart.
Are you treated neutral, uplifting, or underwhelming across various creative disciplines? If you're tired of hearing literary agents and entertainment producers or media publishers use the phrase, "a stable of writers" instead of "a staple of writers" (because horses belong in a stable, not writers, artists, photographers, designers, inventors, publicists, editors, or any other creative people working for producers, content designers, or publishers) -- there's also the term, "a scrum of journalists." But there's something deriding about the sound of 'scrum.'
It sounds too disposable, too close to the word 'scum' and emits an ambiance of putting down a distant observer to lift up a marketing genius. According to the Urban Dictionary, a scrum of journalists (or a media scrum) is defined as a "A horde of photographers and/or journalists that gather to snap that first shot, or ask that first question, at a scene of media excitement, usually involving a famous person mired in controversy, or even just Mr. or Ms. 'public' thrown into the spotlight for a similar outrage or scandal."
Why refer to a group of journalists with the tone, mood, and texture of sensational media or scandal as compared to investigative or curious --or someone searching thoroughly for facts that can be validated? There are definitions such as photojournalists, investigative journalists, science news reporters, and other terms for media people. Freelancers also are referred to by some people as being included in a stable, such as a stable of assistants just as in the past was the typing or steno pool rather than the data entry personnel or team.
A team of writers is more uplifting than a stable of writers. Freelancers would rather be referred to as independents, and entrepreneur sounds better than independent contractor or outsourced assistant or the proverbial 'temp' worker filling in for someone on leave. Nevertheless, for the past few decades writers and other creative people often were referred to as "my stable of writers" instead of "my team of writers." After all, you're part of a team, a group, or a cohort, not inhabitants of any type of stable, even though you may be a staple of an industry. A company, a wisdom, or a panopoly of writers? You have a flock of birds, a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, a business of flies, a herd of harts, a train of jackdaws, a kindle of kittens, a company of wigeons, a dazzle of zebras, an ostentation of peacocks, a string of ducks, a wisdom of wombats, and so on.
You may wish to check out the Wikipedia List of English Terms of Venery, by animal. You could refer to any group of people as a crowd, a mob, which all have connotations of crowd control issues and unpredictability. Or refer to a gathering of people as a knot or "a bundle of book lovers." But unless the journalists or other types of writers are working together on one project as a team, they're a group, not a team of writers that might refer to a team revising and rewriting a screenplay or other tome.
Journalists competing for a scoop to get the story first to various newspapers are not working together as a team and generally are trying to get the story first to their editors. Writers and designers/artists/animators working together to revise one book, animation project, script, or play for one producer or director are pulling together as a team. Online writers and editors are referred to as content producers. The writer becomes a producer instead of a creator or designer of word imagery. A group of poets may be written about as a gathering of imagists.
Fiction writers are known as storytellers or novelists, or a group described as a panopoly of playwrights. A panopoly describes "a splendid or striking array or arrangement: a panoply of colorful flags," according to The Free Dictionary. But playwrights and scriptwriters use imagery in words to portray drama, comedy, instruction, or other information for training or celebration, often with colorful words and imagery in the stage settings or camera angles. Would you rather be referred to as part of a panopoly of poets and playwrights who are imagists?
Does it feel more uplifting or intimidating to be known as part of a literary agent's, publisher's, or producer's outsourced writer, keyboarder, word processor, content producer, proofreader, indexer, or editor -- or part of a "stable of writers?" You're actually that agent's, producer's, or publisher's client. Have you been referred to as part of a company's 'family' of writers? There has to be a more uplifting name for a group of writers, artists, or designers or other creative people, including inventors, or freelancers and other independent occupations that are a staple in a group rather than in a stable or pool.
There's nothing wrong with saying "a team of writers," because that's what a group of them usually do on a project--work together as a team. And one writer is not part of a 'stable' of writers, but actually a client of a literary agent, publisher, or producer. At least a client as an independent contractor (compared to an employee) has a neutral connotation rather than a denotation of belonging in someone's stable, scrum, or property of anyone else under common management, such as an "outsource of editors."
There's the term "script doctor" where a person oversees, edits, and helps a writer revise a script, story, novel, nonfiction manuscript for a book, or play. That individual is not really a 'doctor' but instead is an editor, proofreader, fact-checker, and revisionist who looks for consistency and accuracy along with page length and publisher's specifications in a written work. In some cases the manuscript editor can be paid by a publisher or producer to outsource proofreaders, indexers or use indexing software.
The writer is supposed to either be the expert on the subject matter or to hire a team of researchers to gather facts and check them. With budget limits, one script editor has to all this work research, editing, and fact-checking/updating along with the writer to follow the publisher's or producer's specifications/requirements.
Imagists Writers also can be imagists (a more creative connotation) as well as content producers (a more marketing-oriented description) that fits into technology. There's the denotation and the connotation of someone creating and editing content. The term rests on researching the intended audience for market research before the tome is written to see who will pay for words and/or imagery that's clear to understand and follow.
For too long, people under "common management" have been referred to as in a stable. The term often has been applied to athletes or entertainers, under common management: a stable of prizefighters or a stable of cooks. It's time the word 'stable' which brings up images of a place that smells unappetizing, full of animals, their droppings, breath, and feed odors, stops being applied to those who create, invent, report, write, direct, play sports, or entertain. Perhaps a cohort, which refers to a group of subjects who have shared a particular event together during a particular time span is a better name for a group of writers working together on a team, such as a cohort of scriptwriters or editors.
Or for a one-syllable word for a creative person might be just the word 'crew.' At least being part of a crew is better than being a 'revamp' temp. You also may wish to check out the video, "Briefly." It's at: https://vimeo.com/107567840, and is about how to use "the brief" across multiple creative disciplines.
List of some of the paperback books by Anne Hart
1. 101+ Practical Ways to Raise Funds: A Step-by-Step Guide with Answers
2. 101 Ways to Find Six-Figure Medical or Popular Ghostwriting Jobs & Clients 3. 102 Ways to Apply Career Training in Family History/Genealogy
4. 1700 Ways to Earn Free Book Publicity
5. 30+ Brain-Exercising Creativity Coach Businesses to Open
6. 32 Podcasting & Other Businesses to Open Showing People How to Cut Expenses 7. 35 Video Podcasting Careers and Businesses to Start
8. 801 Action Verbs for Communicators
9. How to Start, Teach, & Franchise a Creative Genealogy Writing Class or Club: The Craft of Producing Salable Living Legacies, Celebrations of Life, Genealogy Periodicals, Family Newsletters, Time Capsules, Biographies, Fiction, Memoirs, Ethno-Plays, Skits, Monologues, Autobiographies, Events, Reunion Publications, or Gift Books
10. A Private Eye Called Mama Africa
11. Ancient and Medieval Teenage Diaries
12. Anne Joan Levine, Private Eye
13. Astronauts and Their Cats
14. Cleopatra's Daughter
15. Counseling Anarchists
16. Cover Letters, Follow-Ups, Queries and Book Proposals
17. Creating Family Newsletters & Time Capsules
18. Creative Genealogy Projects
19. Cutting Expenses and Getting More for Less
20. Cyber Snoop Nation
21. Diet Fads, Careers and Controversies in Nutrition Journalism
22. Dogs with Careers: Ten Happy-Ending Stories of Purpose and Passion
23. Dramatizing 17th Century Family History of Deacon Stephen Hart & Other Early New England Settlers
24. Employment Personality Tests Decoded
26. Find Your Personal Adam And Eve .
27. Four Astronauts and a Kitten
28. How To Stop Elderly Abuse
29. How Two Yellow Labs Saved the Space Program
30. How to Interpret Family History and Ancestry DNA Test Results for Beginners
31. How to Interpret Your DNA Test Results For Family History & Ancestry
32. How to Launch a Genealogy TV Business Online
33. How to Make Money Organizing Information
34. How to Make Money Selling Facts
35. How to Make Money Teaching Online With Your Camcorder and PC
36. How to Open DNA-Driven Genealogy Reporting & Interpreting Businesses
37. How to Open a Business Writing and Publishing Memoirs, Gift Books, or Success Stories for Clients
38. How to Publish in Women’s Studies, Men’s Studies, Policy Analysis, & Family History Research
39. How to Refresh Your Memory by Writing Salable Memoirs with Laughing Walls
40. How to Safely Tailor Your Food, Medicines, & Cosmetics to Your Genes
41. How to Start Engaging Conversations on Women's, Men's, or Family Studies with Wealthy Strangers
42. How to Start Personal Histories and Genealogy Journalism Businesses
43. How to Turn Poems, Lyrics, & Folklore into Salable Children's Books 44. How to Video Record Your Dog's Life Story
45. How to Write Plays, Monologues, or Skits from Life Stories, Social Issues, or Current Events 46. Infant Gender Selection & Personalized Medicine
47. Is Radical Liberalism or Extreme Conservatism a Character Disorder, Mental Disease, or Publicity Campaign?
48. Job Coach-Life Coach-Executive Coach-Letter & Resume-Writing Service
49. Large Print Crossword Puzzles for Memory Enhancement
50. Make Money With Your Camcorder and PC: 25+ Businesses
51. Middle Eastern Honor Killings in the USA
52. Murder in the Women's Studies Department
53. New Afghanistan's TV Anchorwoman .
54. Nutritional Genomics - A Consumer's Guide to How Your Genes and Ancestry Respond to Food
55. One Day Some Schlemiel Will Marry Me, Pay the Bills, and Hug Me.
56. Popular Health & Medical Writing for Magazines
57. Power Dating Games
58. Predictive Medicine for Rookies
59. Problem-Solving and Cat Tales for the Holidays
60. Proper Parenting in Ancient Rome
61. Roman Justice: SPQR
62. Sacramento Latina
63. Scrapbooking, Time Capsules, Life Story Desktop Videography & Beyond with Poser 5, CorelDRAW ® Graphics Suite 12 & Corel WordPerfect Office Suite 12
64. Search Your Middle Eastern and European Genealogy
65. Social Smarts Strategies That Earn Free Book Publicity
66. The Beginner's Guide to Interpreting Ethnic DNA Origins for Family History
67. The DNA Detectives: Working Against Time
68. The Date Who Unleashed Hell
69. The Freelance Writer's E-Publishing Guidebook
70. The Writer's Bible
71. Tools for Mystery Writers
72. Tracing Your Baltic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, & Middle Eastern Ancestry Online
73. Verbal Intercourse
74. Who's Buying Which Popular Short Fiction Now, & What Are They Paying?
75. Why We Never Give Up Our Need for a Perfect Mother
76. Writer's Guide to Book Proposals
77. Writing 45-Minute One-Act Plays, Skits, Monologues, & Animation Scripts for Drama Workshops
78. Writing 7-Minute Inspirational Life Experience Vignettes
79. Writing What People Buy
80. Writing, Financing, & Producing Documentaries
81. How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type-2 Diabetes & Weight Issues: Validating Holistic Nutrition in Plain Language. ISBN: 0-595-53535-6.
82. Adventures in my beloved medieval Alania, and Beyond (novel)
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