As I finished some paperwork for my publisher, I began to wonder about these two titles and how I use them to describe myself. I never gave it much thought as I use them interchangeably. It was not until I did a little research that I descovered there is qute a difference.
A writer knows how to use words and string them together to turn sentences into text. Some writers earn a living this way e.g. copy writers, speech writers, public service announcements; they use research and ideas developed by someone else.
An author comes up with the ideas and knows how to transform text into book-length projects. In fiction they know how to plot, how to develop the story arc, how to build worlds and develope characters.
After reading through several articles, I can say I am both a writer and an author. I come up with my own ideas and develop them into book-length stories. I plot and also use the pantser method. I put in the time and energy to get the story from brain to publisher.
So, are you a writer, an author or both? While you ponder your answer, ask yourself:
-do you consider writing to be a chore, a hobby or do you genuinely like to write?
-are you in it for the money?
-does you name have to be on the bookcover; would you be okay with a mention or acknowledgement?
-do you strive to get something published consistently or do you let time lag for years between books?
I am both a writer and an author though procrastination prevents me from publishing more prolifically than I’d like.
Think about you now; how do you fit in?
Have a fabulous weekend,