I have called myself a writer for years (for about the past decade at least). I didn’t really think about the difference between a writer and an author until recently, though.
According to Dictionary.com…
- …a writer is defined 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.” (Source)
- …an author is defined as “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.” (Source)
So, to summarize, a writer is someone who writes as a hobby, and an author is someone who writes for a living.
It’s a great feeling to hear the words, or see the words written down on paper, “Your Name Here, Author of Book Title“? I have wanted that since I was ten years old. This year, I will be known as “Louis Vendetti, Author of My Disability Doesn’t Define Me,” and I’m really excited about that!
What book ideas do you have that you want to write? I would love to talk about them with you!