A very wise man once said, "Becoming an author was an accident. Being a writer was on purpose." Ok, it wasn't a very wise man. I wrote those words as an introduction to my website (check it out at www.accidental-author.com), but I have looked back at them and wondered if I was being monotonous. Is there a difference between a writer and an author? Is it just six of one, half a dozen of the other? Does anyone care? I just read someone else's blog entry (at https://thehappytypewriter.wordpress.com/) that convinces me that there are people who need to know that there is difference.
Dictionary.com defines an author as "
An author is someone who has the talent, ability, planning, and ingenuity to take that need to write and turn it into something that others will consume through reading. There is a massive element of talent involved, as well as business acumen, interpersonal skills, and maybe even a little luck. Very few writers become authors, and fewer still become successful ones. However, every author is a writer. That is something that the most successful author has in common with a kindergartener that writes their first two-sentence tale.
If you are a writer that has not become an author, it doesn't make you any less of a writer. I still haven't achieved the level of an author (but a website called accidental writer sounds too awkward). That's just fine. Be a writer. Don't let anything stop you from it. Being a writer isn't something that you do for success. It is something that you do for you. The last great acceptable selfish act.