Today, I was approached by a person who stole away my answering-breath by confronting me with a question that I could not easily answer. She said that she’d been following our growth and found herself going through our forum for information to share with her friends about getting their stories out into the world. She said that she was asked this question and could not answer it either. She wanted to know if we could.
What is the difference between a Writer and an Author?
Immediately, I answered, “A Writer is a person that writes, while an Author is one that has been published.”
Then, I paused and thought about it…
“A Writer is the one that records creations with written words, while an Author is one that creates concepts.”
I paused again, and stumbled over another answer…
“A Writer is a person who writes and does not necessarily have literary training, while an Author specializes in literary works and is trained.”
That answer didn’t hold up either. I was tired of pausing and I thought I’d give it one more shot…
“An Author is a title one has attained by a piece of work that has been shared, while a Writer is concerned with the work that has yet to be shared.”
That answer merely drove me into deeper confusion and made me ease into the shadows with my tail between my legs. I was… uh… speechless. All I could say was, “I’ll get back to you.”
And now I am here.
In your opinion (because I truly don’t think there is one true answer to this), what is the difference between a Writer and an Author?
I found this article, perhaps it will shed some light on the matter.
Author vs Writer 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. At times, the author and writer can be the same person. In case of an autobiography, a person writes about the own life. So the author is expressing his own thoughts and ideas. But in cases like biographies, the writer is not the author. The ideas of thoughts of another are being written.
Though the difference may not seem to be much, depending on the situation, the difference can be more. If you are writing a novel or short story based on a plot developed by self, you get to be known as the author of the novel. And if you are penning down someone else’s ideas or stories, you will be known as the writer of the work. Being a writer is at times easier than being an author. The reason being that an author has to create, develop, and communicate an idea, while a writer has to only communicate somebody else’s idea. An author may be excused if the writing skills are not that competent. But an author must have exceptional writing skills to be dominant in the field. Writing skills include the command over the language and the expressiveness with the play of words. These skills can be obtained through constant writing and may be an inborn talent in some. Only a skilled writer is capable of portraying ideas, events, and pictures through the mere use of words.
When it comes to writing books, a person becomes an author only when the book is published. If your work is unpublished, and even if the idea is purely your own, you will still be considered as the person who wrote the work. And when your work is published you get to be known as the author of the work. So if you write a lot, but never get them published and out to the public, you remain a writer.
An author can get the work copyrighted under the copyright laws. This ensures that nobody else steals or uses the original idea as it is. So only the author is always associated with that particular idea or work. To be an author one must have the capability to think and express the thoughts. And a write must have the capability to understand and convey an idea correctly to the readers.
1. To be an author, the idea of your writing must be your own and you must get your work published. 2. An author must have a specific skill set but writer’s skill is suited to the job required. 3. You become an author when your books are published, but if your writings never publish, you remain a writer. 4. An author can get work copyrighted.
The term writer is often used as a synonym for author, although the former is a broader meaning.
A writer is a person who has written words in various styles to communicate ideas. Writers produce various forms of literary art such as novels, short stories, poetry, news articles, screen plays, or essays.
In short, all authors are writers, but not all writers are authors. Just my 2 cents John Reid
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