Writer vs. Author

 

What is the difference between writers and authors? The reason I asked the question is when I typed this into the search engine on Yahoo I got the following.

“We often use the words author and writer interchangeably. But indeed both these words are quite different. A writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece, while an author is essentially the person who originates the idea, plot, or content of the work being written.”

We do use the word interchangeably at least the people I hang out with. We do it so often I wonder if I asked them point-blank some might struggle in answering the question.

While the definitions of both words above show the difference in the two one depends on the other. You can’t be an author if you don’t write.

I even have author friends who don’t define themselves as writers if they don’t have a book out. I use to think that which is counterproductive. For starters it is not true especially if you go by the definition above. Secondly it brings down one’s confidence. One that we do to ourselves. Thankfully I broke free from that way of thinking early on.

However you call yourself, regardless if you have a book out or not, if you are writing you are moving toward something. To me that is the whole point. Just start writing so at least you can join in the conversation.

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Freelance writing: Andy Warhol

I wrote for a local magazine in 2014. It was a paid gig. With things getting busy I moved on to other aspects of my business. This year I decided to try again to write for local magazines in the county.

A popular one responded and was open to me being a contributing writer if it worked out that is. My test would be my first article to them. I was to do an article on Andy Warhol.

I had heard of him but knew very little. As I contacted the key-note speaker and the person in charge of the exhibit I was educated on why Warhol was so well know. The advancements he made for himself and artists that follow him was incredible.

The article won’t come out until next month, if it does, but it has to be approved first by the editor.

When I first read my assignment I did internally freak out. But as I dove into the history I was fascinated by what I was finding. It also reminded me about the joy I had as a freelance writer in 2014 and I am glad I am revisiting it once more this year.

There is so much more to writing than books and short stories. Expanding one’s view can be rewarding and just down right fun.

As an author do you have a resume?

As a writer do you think of resumes? I know I didn’t. And that was my way of thinking until I checked into submitting to local magazines in our area. The first thing out of their mouth was send us your resume. It has been years, and I mean years, since I have had to write one for myself. The time frame was when I graduated college.

The first thing I did was make a list and dates of what I had accomplished as an author. This is where having a social platform came in handle. I just had to go to the archives of my sites and see about the time certain events had occurred.

Besides having books out, short stories in anthology and stand alone stories I had more. I won a grant from our county art council, I gave a seminar at a conference on social media and I have written for a local magazine.

When I did the write up it looked better than I first anticipated. I will include my degrees for I worked too hard for them as well as the price obtaining the diplomas.

I have not found the right template yet to use. That is proving elusive to me. But my attitude to when I first was asked to produced one to now as I write it up has changed.

Even if you don’t need one right now it might be a good idea to start for the just in case moments. But not only that it is a good way to show off what you have accomplished in a professional way.