According to the dictionary Author: Noun; a writer of a book, article, or report. Synonyms: writer, man/woman of letters, wordsmith, novelist, dramatist, playwright—
Verb: be the author of a book or piece of writing.
So, what is the difference between author and writer? According to the authorities on the matter, a writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece. While an author is essentially the person who originates the idea, plot or content of the work being written. At times, the author and writer can be the same person.
Well heck no wonder I was confused as to what to call myself. So, with that explanation from the experts, I find it easier to call myself author or writer. I’m proud to be either, yet when I think of some of my favorites, I pale in comparison so it’s best I don’t compare myself to them.
Bye the way, when I was in the 7th grade my oldest brother graduated from high school. At his graduation, the main speaker said something about experts that’s stuck with me all these years. He gave an example of what an expert was. He said, “I looked up ex in the dictionary and it said it’s an unknown quantity, pert is a drip under pressure, therefore and expert is an unknown drip under pressure.” So, when I hear someone referred as an expert in their field you can guess what comes into my mind.
I believe at times we, or should I say I, get so caught up in doing it right that I lose my voice. And I’ve worked hard on finding my voice, so I really don’t want to lose it. Sadly, or maybe not I tend to write like I talk, in part sentences, taking a convoluted path around to get to the point. I my veer off course only to eventually get back to the point I was trying to make. I also have a Yodaish way of speaking where a sentence will come out bass-ackwards. I’m aware of it at the time, but my thoughts tend to leapfrog over each other in their race to get out while they’re still in my mind. No wonder, at times I’ll notice people looking at me with a quizzical expression on their face. So, I will apologize and return to the topic we’d began on, except on those occasions when the original thought is completely de-railed.
The good thing about writing, is in the editing process this can all be taken care of, hopefully without diluting the emotion or feel of the thought. This is where I have much to learn, even in re-reading I will miss mistakes as I tend to see it as I mean it, not as I’ve written it. I’d like to say it’s because I think so much faster than these old fingers can keep up with. But that’s not always the case. Of course, there are those blatant mistakes such as spelling and wrong words that pop right out. It’s the more subtle things that take time, patience, and persistence to catch, like repetitive words, cliches, and punctuation to name a few. Terry has been invaluable to me though the process of editing, with her gentle way of explaining why a passage might be stronger if a few changes were made. Then having me do the work, which is how I learn. It’s been a few years since I sat in a classroom with the teacher making us go through the exercise of diagraming a sentence. Oh, God how I hated to have to get up in front of the class, walk up to the blackboard and do that. I could do it, but the downfall was in having to explain why I did it the way I did, and part of the grade was the explanation even if the sentence was done right. I’m ever so grateful not to have to go through that embarrassment in this process.
So, to wrap this up, what is an author? I am my friends; indeed, I am, and I’m still in awe of this whole process. Like a kid making new discoveries, that little kid is dancing inside me. This also reinforces one of my beliefs, life is about learning new lessons and I’m still learning and plan to continue to do so just as long as I draw breath.