There seems to be some sort of debate emerging over the sematics of our treasured line of work.

Some people are saying that a writer and an author are two completely different people, while still others claim they are one in the same and it makes no difference at all.
Maybe the dictionary can help us out here.

Dictionary.com states the following on the term, "writer": 
1. a person engaged in writing  books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
2. a clerk, scribe, or the like.
3. a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
4. (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
5. a person who writes  or is able to write: a writer in script.

And for "author":
1. a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
2. the literary production or productions of a writer: to find a passage in an author.
3. the maker of anything; creator; originator: the author of a new tax plan.
4. Computers . the writer of a software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application.
5. to write; be the author of: He authored a history of the Civil War.
6. to originate; create a design for: She authored a new system for teaching chemistry.

In my humble opinion, I believe we may call ourselves by either term; if some claim that the only people who may wave the author title are the ones who have actual published work available, I would assume that these authors could also be called writers, couldn't they? After all ... they wrote the books.

What do I call myself? I generally refer to myself as a writer; it just rolls off my tongue better than author. It makes me feel like I'm trying to say my name is Arthur, to be honest. 

As a little girl, I wanted to be "a writer". It is simply the term I grew up with.

Whichever title we claim as our own, I encourage all all us to wear that name badge with pride and be the best writers and authors that we can be!



Robyn