Okay, I have a pet peeve (okay, I have a lot of them) and I've wanted to write about this one for a while.
I absolutely cannot stand it when someone calls me an author. I am not an author, I am a writer. Let's talk about the difference between the two, shall we?
When it's okay to call a writer an author: When you're reading something they wrote and you say something about the AUTHOR of the piece feeling a certain way, writing a certain way, or anything along those lines.
That's basically the only exception. Now, you may pose the question "What's the difference between an author and a writer? Here's my answer: A publishing contract.
Until you're published, you're a writer. An author is someone that has their name out there and it's attached to a book, a poem, a newspaper article.
There was this girl in Power of the Pen, and one day she said "I'm an author...I write things." I wanted to tell her that she's not an author. Yes, she's a good writer - very detailed and she knows her stuff - but she's by no means an author. On my other blog in my introduction post I said that I would never claim to be an expert or even an author. I've had questions about not considering myself an author. But I don't. People, don't you see? Until I'm published I will not - never - refer to myself as an author. And even then, I might still refer to myself as a writer. Because that's what I am, I write. I'd be the author of my books, but I'm still a writer.
Does this make sense to anybody else but me?
With eternal love and blessings,
2 weeks ago