Writer or Author?

According to Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary:

¹author n [ME auctour, fr. AF auctor, autor, fr. L auctor promoter, originator, author, fr. augēre to increase — more at EKE] (14c) 1 a: one that originates or creates : SOURCE <software ~s> <film ~s><the ~ of this crime> b cap: GOD 1 2: the writer of a literary work (as a book)

²author vt (1596): to be the author of: WRITE <has ~ed several books>

writer n (bef. 12c) : one that writes: as a: AUTHOR b: one who writes stock options

¹book n [origins blah, blah, blah] (bef. 12c) 1 a: a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory b: a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume c: a long written or printed literary composition d: a major division of a treatise of literary work (and many other known uses of the word “book”)

The point of this post is to show that whether you call yourself an author or a writer–they mean the same exact thing. Some out there think one is not an “author” until one is published, but I have authored 3 complete manuscripts with a beginning and an end. To me they are my books even though they aren’t published. I am a paid published writer of non-fiction articles. Either one of these accomplishments qualifies as a designation of writer and author.

I am the author of everything I write! 😉


One thought on “Writer or Author?

  1. I look at it like this:

    “I am a writer. I wrote those stories.”
    “I am the author of XX.”

    And I do agree with you. Some of my stories have been published, others not. But I am still the “author” of those unpublished works. No one else sat down and wrote them!


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