Monday Discovery / K. M. Weiland’s Blog: Helping Writers Become Authors

Today begins a new feature on The Writerly Life, Monday Discovery. Each Monday I’ll offer a writerly find—a blog, a quotation, a writing tip, a book I love.

I’ll begin with K. M. Weiland: Helping Writers Become Authors, a website chock full of writing tips and links to two writer-centered blogs: Wordplay, which she describes as featuring “writing tips to enlighten and encourage,” and Author Culture, a smorgasbord of articles related to writing and publishing.

I was struck by her phrase, “helping writers become authors,” and it led me to look up author and writer. In my mind I probably equate the two, but the dictionary reveals a subtle difference: an author is a writer who has published professionally. A writer is one who, well, writes (oversimplified a bit!).

Here’s a powerful message from Ms. Weiland (offered free on her website) that I’ll post on my desktop to remind me, when the writing gets hard or a rejection rolls in, of who I really am.

What’s your opinion? Is there a distinction between author and writer? Which do you call yourself, and why? Weigh in with your thoughts in a comment, please. 

A Wordplayer’s Manifesto—K. M. Weiland

2 thoughts on “Monday Discovery / K. M. Weiland’s Blog: Helping Writers Become Authors

  1. On my business cards, I put “novelist.” I don’t know how that stacks up with “writer,” but it just sounded more professional to me. And, sadly, I’m still unpublished, so the elusive “author” will have to wait.

    I’ll let you know if I get laughed out of the writing conference I’m going to this month for using it. 🙂

    1. That IS a bold move! Brava! I’m an unpublished novelist, too (as you might have guessed by now). I’m content with writer, for the time being. It took me a long time just to believe that! But I do now.

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