Monday, January 09, 2012

Are you a writer or an author?

Great post at Dean Wesley Smith on Writer vs Author.
— A Writer is a person who writes. — An Author is a person who has written. — A Writer is always focused on the story they are writing at the moment, always focused on the story coming next to write. — A Writer is always focused on the future. — An Author is always focused on what they have written. — An Author is always focused into the past. — A Writer is a person who writes the next story. — An Author is a person who spends their time promoting their last story. — A Writer gets feedback from the simple act of writing and finishing stories. — An Author must get feedback from external sources such as reviews, sales, promotions, editors, workshops, and so on.
And some final thoughts from Dean:
Each person must decide why they write. Is it to be published and get acclaim?  Then you are more than likely an Author. If you write because you love to tell stories, love the fear and the joy and the excitement of entertaining yourself while telling stories, then you are more than likely a Writer.
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