Am I a writer? Every now and again, I wonder this. Accompanying that question is “What is a writer?” Well, I decided to find out.
WordWeb defines a writer as “A person who is able to write and has written something.” Novel wise, I see that as meaning anyone whom has written a book.
Next, I tried Dictionary.Com. They had the same as WordWeb: “a person who writes or is able to write”. They also had a definition, which read: “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., esp. as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist”.
I tried Wikipedia next, just to see what definition they had there. First sentence was: “A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, as well as those who have written in many different forms”.
In conclusion, I’ve decided that a writer is someone who has written a piece of creative writing, but what was an author?
WordWeb said that an author was anyone who “Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)”.
Dictionary.Com defined 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, after reading those definitions, I’ve decided that, yes, I am a writer.