In your opinion, do you think that listening to audio books can benefit you as a writer? Why or why not?
In a future post, I’ll give you my thoughts on this; but first, I want to hear from you!
“To be a writer you have to write, and no academic degree is going to do the writing for you.” —Michelle Richmond
There is currently a debate going on Twitter on this statement. It seems not everyone agrees with it. While, yes, having a writing degree won’t do the writing for you; but, there are other practical purposes to attaining a degree (like MFA for example). One individual states that studying and earning a MFA degree helped him to be more adept on the business side of writing.
What are other practical ways writing degrees can help writers?
The responses have been steady since I posted the poll that asked the question on whether “writer” is the same as “author.” So far, most readers agreed that “writer” is NOT the same as “author:”
Mary McDonald: “I think that’s one of those debates that will continue through time. I think most see publishing being the point of transition from writer to author.”
Mark Carver: “I’ve always understood the key difference being that an author has published work.”
Stephanie J. Pajonas: “I say I’m an author. It’s my job writing books and publishing them. Writer is more generalized to me. I’m that as well, too.”
Tiegan Dakin: “My definition of a writer is anyone who performs any literary creating, i.e poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.
I always saw authors as people whose works had been published online or in print, whether that be in literary magazines or their own novels.”
RYCJ: “A writer can be a writer without publishing his or her work.
An author on the other hand is published… whether he or she “authored” a letter to a friend or Congress, or wrote and published a full length book.”
Laurie Buchanan: “I agree with the other two responders (Tiegan and RYCJ): A writer is someone whose work is yet unpublished. An author is someone whose writing is published.”
It appear that many deem that in order to be considered an author, one must have been published. What vary among these responses are what items (poetry, stories, books, etc.) that are published that would determine one’s status as writer/author. Any further thoughts on these?
Alex for Shaw offered the most extensive response that was different from the rest:
“Writer and author are very similar nouns in their common usage, but writer is a broad term that covers anybody who assembles words. Author usually refers to a writer, but one who is identified with their body of work (however large or small). The implication is that what an author writes has visibility beyond their private sphere.
There are some forms of writing where “author” is not the usual term, such as journalism: one usually refers to the writer of an article, editorial, column or feature rather than the author. With literature “author” is much more common, especially for a creator of prose. With poetry or dramatic works the more specialized “poet”, “playwright”, “dramatist” or “screenwriter” are often used, leaving “author” primarily as the term for novelists.
Finally, “writer” is descriptive of what the person does. It derives from the verb, from the action (just like the word “scribe”). “Author” in contrast is synonymous with “creator”, hence phrases like “author of one’s own misfortune” to describe someone who has gotten themselves into trouble. While “writer” deals exclusively with the mechanical acts of putting pen to paper (or an equivalent: finger to keyboard), “author” refers to the creative aspect, the invention.”
Personally, I’m still digesting this particular one. Anyone agree with her insight on the topic?
From pipermac5 (aka Steve) as of 12/29/2015:
“I am a writer, a blogger, and somewhat of a wordsmith, but I wouldn’t claim the title of “author”. My writings are online and available to all who wish to read them, but none have been “published” as printed-material.”
From bdaiken as of 9/5/2016:
“I think it’s about self perception to some extent. I used to describe myself as a designer who also writes. I would now describe myself as an author who does the occasional design job. Less about how much money you make from each venture, more about where the focus of your life lies.”
*I humbly thank all those who have responded so far. Keep checking back here for new responses as they are added over time!
Saw this topic on a Linkedin discussion forum, and the various answers intrigued me. What are your thoughts?
I like to open a call for my fellow readers who would like to debate on this particular topic. State your opinion and back it up, and I will post it on this blog for people to respond. If you’d like to participate, use the Contact page to send me a message, or simply leave a comment below.
In the end, there will be no heroes. Only cowards. It’s only human so the sooner we accept that the sooner we can get to dying.
Kind of crude? Perhaps but reality is nothing like the movies. Sure, we all like to think that we will miraculously rise to the occasion and be that hero we long to emulate from the silver screens; but, like many horror and drama flicks, even the heroes have to die.
Get a grip. You’ll never be that hero so stop thinking about it and face the reality that you’ll never be a hero, only a coward.
I wonders if writers-for both screen and paper-ever wrote themselves into their stories allowing themselves to either be the good guy or the bad guy; the hero or the villain. But I can’t think of any writer off the top of my head who would write themselves as cowards. That would be just too close to the truth, don’t you think?
I for one am a writer and many times I do write myself in stories mostly as the main protagonist who usually ends up becoming a heroine/hero of some sorts. You see I try to find something within the main character, myself, that could be of some value to others, and of course in the hope of being able to save those who I cared about.
C’mon, let’s get real. Could I really stand in the face of mortal danger and risk my life for others? Honestly, I’d probably would break out in sweat and soil myself, and then I’d run.
Unlike my characters, I am a coward through and through. There is no hope for me.
Yes, I’m belittling myself but it’s the honest truth!
I am not a soldier. I am not a police officer. I am not a doctor. I am not a firefighter. I don’t put my life on the line day in and day out for the betterment of society. It was my choice NOT to. Well, perhaps that’s not the whole truth.
I wanted to remained hidden but noticed at the same time. I want to add value to others rather than be a burden.
I’m a person with not just one disability but two. For these reasons, I feel like I am less than a whole human being. Inferior to those who are able-bodied.
For these reasons, I feel like a coward and not a hero. I will always be that one to slow others down, or the first to be killed.
And that scares me beyond anything. No, not of death…but to be cause of death of countless of others who come in contact with me.
Instead of coming to people’s rescue, or helping the wounded or the afflicted, I choose to turn away and flee. Not for my benefit but for theirs.
I fear that my disabilities would hurt others more than it would help them. I much rather sacrifice myself so that they would have the time and opportunity to get to safety. To save themselves. To live.
Does that make me a coward?
So be it.
Simply put, there are way too many blogs out there.
Here are some numbers I have found:
There are probably over 200 million blogs currently on the ‘net worldwide (and this number may be grossly under-stated) with one new blog created every 1/2 second. Wow.
Within the U.S., there are approximately 6.7 million individuals who have blogs (many of them even have multiple blogs-consider me one of them).
Are there enough readers for all of them? Maybe. How about this? How many of these blogs have readers who keep coming back? How many of these blogs are truly successful?
How in the world do one find the time to read multiple blogs on a given day, every day???
It just doesn’t seem possible.
What do you think?