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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