The terms “writer” and “author” are used nearly interchangeably, so why choose to call oneself one over the other?
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
– Robert A. Heinlein
For me, it comes down to this: Writing is something you do. You pour words out on your keyboard to form stories, essays, articles, poems, etc. Writing is active, forward-looking, and a writer is something you cease to be when you stop writing. Authoring is something you have done – It’s backward-looking, an accomplishment, a legacy. You have something in print or e-print, with your name or nom de plume on the cover. You will be an author forever, long after you stop writing, should you do so.
I ran across this blog article by C. S. Wilde in my wanderings today, and found it thought-provoking. I’m still in revision mode with miles to go before I sleep. I can hardly look out far enough to focus on the eventual task of finding beta readers. Once in a while I think ahead to blurbs, book covers, etc., but it’s inscrutable. I brush the thoughts away with an assurance to self: “It surely will all make more sense when I get to that point”
This article and others like it shine a light on the path ahead.
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There is a grave near Pylos that dates back to Mycenaean Greece. The grave goods document something that is well known about Mycenaean Greece: the cultural and trade exchanges that occurred between Greece and Crete at the time. Nearby lie the ruins of the Palace of Nestor, first discovered in an olive grove in 1939. Though this palace was destroyed by fire long ago, it is the most complete and well-preserved Bronze Age Greek palace found to date.