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    Lightbulb Writer vs Author

    Hi!

    Kindly tell me that how can a Writer' and 'author' be differentiated!

    What I think is that a writer can write anything such as any article, report etc whereas an author is specially referred to the writer of any book. It can be said that 'An author is a writer, but a writer cannot be an author'!


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    Re: Writer vs Author

    A person who writes something is its "author." I can author a poem, a sentence, a play, a novel, a magazine article, a technical paper.

    "Author" is not just reserved for books.

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    Question Re: Writer vs Author

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A person who writes something is its "author." I can author a poem, a sentence, a play, a novel, a magazine article, a technical paper.

    "Author" is not just reserved for books.
    But for a poem won't it be a Poet? Then can we say that author and writer are just the same? Like you are saying that author is not only reserved for books...

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    Re: Writer vs Author

    They are often the same. However, the person's name (or people's name) that goes on the article (or book) is the author. The author may not have a actually written it. This is referred to as ghostwriting.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Writer vs Author

    Quote Originally Posted by Huda-M View Post
    But for a poem won't it be a Poet? Then can we say that author and writer are just the same? Like you are saying that author is not only reserved for books...
    A poet is a person who writes poems.

    We can speak of a poet (in general) or the writer of a (specific) poem. We don't normally speak of the author of a poem.

    A person can write a poem. It's just about possible, though unusual, to author a poem.

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