Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Am I a Writer or an Author?

Make Mine Mystery
May 2, 2017

Every day, I sit down at my desk and write for about two and half hour a day, three hours a day, seven days a week. I write with great anticipation, excitement, and fear. I write thousands of words. I delete a thousand more. I let the story guide me. I indulge my fantasies and plot lines. I write scenes I can see and feel intensely, with no idea where they’d end up in the book, and I worry if it would all came together in the end. 

And sometimes I feel like a writer, a real writer. It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve just  finished a book that I began two years ago, every step has been pain staking, the editing took over a year, and yet I’m never quite satisfied, and I stress over the outcome. And somewhere along the way, I’ve learned this lesson: everything I want and need out of writing a book comes from the actual act of writing a book. The rest of it –sales and marketing, what other people think – is the stuff that matters later or maybe it doesn’t matter at all, because I can’t control most of that stuff, anyway.

How’d the book turn out? Good, I think. It’s at the publisher right now, so in time I’ll let you know how it all worked out. I’m sure there will be another round of editing.


Linda Thorne said...

Enjoyed this. I think we use the word author once we are published (not totally sure), but calling ourselves writers is a word we can use whether published or not. At least that's my read on it.

Morgan Mandel said...

You are a truly dedicated author I should follow your example! I write in streaks, because life seems to keep getting in my way.

LD Masterson said...

I've never come across a satisfactory definition of author verses writer. Merriam-Webster gives the definition of author as "the writer of a literary work (such as a book)". No mention made of whether that book is published. I've written a couple books that have not been published and numerous short stories that have. Do I get to call myself an author? The mystery continues.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I think the words are interchangeable. I use writer more than author, but I think they mean the same.

Annay Dawson said...

I have to agree with you. I find the act of writing to be what I crave more than the sales. There is only one thing that I enjoy more than writing and that is when a reader tells me they enjoy my book!

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