I've noticed that there's some controversy surrounding the author versus writer topic … and I suspect that , for some people , it's a sensitive issue and they might take offence if addressed incorrectly . On the other hand , I may be off the mark …
To me the word 'author' is more formal and connotes publication , whereas the word 'writer' is more relaxed/informal . Author also conjures an image of the traditional , staid type from yester-year (or is it my perception of the author from back-in-the-day ?) , complete with grey hair , smoking a pipe , dressed in his polo-neck jersey and sitting in front of a typewriter . But that's just by the way …
So here are my thoughts on the issue …
~~ can we safely say that any person who writes is a writer but not every person who writes is an author ?
~~ does this have to do with fiction (author) vs. non-fiction (writer) as well as published (author) vs. non-published (writer) ?
~~ if you only have published articles and no published books , does it make you a writer or an author ?
~~ what about somebody who wrote a novel 10 years ago and nothing since , as opposed to the person who writes on a daily basis , is the former a writer ?
~~ what about a non-published person with a successful blog novel ?
~~ is it more of a status issue ?
To me , whatever makes you happy … it's not really a train smash … I was just wondering , that's all … what are your thoughts on the subject ?