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What is the difference between author and writer?

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Asked by Rohan, 22 Apr '13 06:01 pm
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Both are same thing.
Answered by amitava duttamajumdar, 22 Oct '13 09:22 pm

 
  
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A writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece, while an author is essentially the person who originates the idea, plot, or content of the work being written. At times, the author and writer can be the same person. In case of an autobiography, a person writes about the own life. So the author is expressing his own thoughts and ideas. But in cases like biographies, the writer is not the author. The ideas of thoughts of another are being written.
Answered by aflatoon, 23 Apr '13 11:14 am

 
  
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Author means: "Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)" or "Someone who originates or causes or initiates something"
Writer means: "Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)" or "A person who is able to write and has written something"
Answered by Quest, 23 Apr '13 09:19 am

 
  
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According to my dictionary, the words "author" and "writer" are synonymous - as far as they refer to creating a written work. However, a writer CAN refer to a scribe or someone who makes copies of documents, too. In my opinion, "author" sounds more like a literary term than "writer."

From Wordweb -
Author means: "Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)" or "Someone who originates or causes or initiates something"
Writer means: "Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)" or "A person who is able to write and has written something"

According to Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary -
writer: "a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., esp. as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist." or "a clerk, scribe, or the like."
author: "a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist" or ...more
Answered by Psycho, 22 Apr '13 06:03 pm

 
  
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All authors are writes, but all writes need not be authors :)
Answered by conviction, 22 Apr '13 06:02 pm

 
  
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