I recently shared with someone that I am a writer, but as I drove home I asked myself if I really understood the difference between being a writer and an author. I decided to find out.
I discovered that although the words might be used interchangeably, they really are different.
An author creates the idea or content of what is being written, whereas a writer uses someone else’s ideas.
But, it is not that simple because a writer can be an author if he/she is expressing his own thoughts or ideas.
And there’s more.
As pertaining to writing books, if you develop the plot and write your own ideas, you will be known as the author only when it is published.
Even if you write A LOT, but never get anything published, you will be known as a writer—and there’s no shame in that. Lots of good work, great ideas, and a wealth of information/enjoyment comes from writers.
But, if you do have aspirations of being an author, follow these 2 steps:
- Write, using your own ideas.
- Publish your work.