I’m A…Um…

I’ve been thinking lately about titles.

There are tons of people out there who will say they are writers or authors, but only a few would actually have had anything published.  So, should they call themselves such things?  Is a teacher who writes her mystery novel between classes still considered a writer?  And if so, is there a difference between calling yourself a writer and calling yourself an author?

Dictionary.com refers to a writer as the following:

a person engaged in writing  books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist;

while defining author as:

a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.

So it seems like pretty much the same thing.

But in my mind, they carry two different connotations.  An author implies someone who is currently published, someone who already has their work out there in the world, and who is writing as a career more than a hobby or for the hope of a career.  A writer, on the other hand, can mean anything.  A writer is someone who writes, someone who doesn’t necessarily have to be published but is someone in the process of creating their novel/poems/three-volume series on the consumption of pork during the War of 1812.*

So, in the end, the words can mean whatever you want them to mean, really.  After all, words change all the time.**  But in my humble opinion, authors are published and writers are not.  For the most part, anyways.

I’ll think of a more interesting topic to post about tomorrow.  Promise.

Happy reading!

*Although I’m not sure why anyone would write something like that…

**Albeit rather slowly in most cases.

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