Author or Writer?


Do I prefer the term author or writer? I’d have to say I prefer the term writer. Lets have a look at some definitions from the Oxford Dictionary shall we.

Author – A writer of a book, article, or document.

Writer – A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Well, that wasn’t particularly helpful now was it?

For me, an author is a name on the front cover of a book, an article or other piece of writing. A writer is the person who physically wrote the text. When If I die (hopefully my brain will be placed inside a robot by that stage), I want to be remembered as someone who wrote and not some pretentious name on the front of a text.

So, to me, an author is merely a name, whereas, a writer is a creator. It’s all a matter of opinion really. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

Yours faithfully,

A Writer and Future Robot

4 thoughts on “Author or Writer?

  1. teaismyjam says:

    I think that the term ‘author’ has a very professional feel to it. A writer is on who lets their ideas flow and incorporates that in some form or media or text or written matter. I think a person can be both an author and a writer.
    Do you agree?


    • Lauren Elizabeth Walsburg says:

      I agree that a person can be both a writer and an author. I also agree that author has a professional connotation; however, I think it also feels a bit impersonal and doesn’t fully recognise the act of writing. For me, the term writer feels more approachable as a reader, whereas, I feel the term author can sound a bit, dare I say, superior. As someone who writes, I would prefer to portray myself as accessible, hence why I call myself a writer.

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  2. cagedunn says:

    I am a writer – the people who buy my books can call me author (or scribbler, or mad, or obsessed . . .). My job is to write stories that are good enough for people to remember, and if they remember, it will be the name of the character that tops the list of important things, and author will be lower in the list – maybe only remembered when they go looking for the next story!
    If they (the readers) send me a message, it is to the writer; if they look me up via books, they seek the author. I’m happy to be branded as both, but in my own eyes – I write.

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