A writer is simply someone who writes.
People write for different reasons and on different platforms and your reason for writing and your platform will to some extent, determine your writing style.
For example, if you are a columnist for a business newspaper or you write the business column for a magazine, your style of writing will be pretty formal and your terminologies will be business-oriented.
If you write poems, you will want to include idiomatic and metaphorical expressions. Same thing if you’re writing proses, short stories and fiction.
If you write screenplay or musicals/stage productions, your writing style will be different because you need to give life to your characters on screen and on stage while the actors read the script.
If you write blog articles or LinkedIn articles, you may want to go semi-formal or informal, depending on your reader audience.
If you write micro-blog articles like Facebook posts, Instagram posts and articles for online forums like Nairaland, you might want to go informal (but within the ethics of your niche) to connect with your audience.
A writer is different from an author. A writer like I stated earlier, is someone who writes (and writes all the time), but an author is someone who has published a book.
Publishing a book doesn’t make you a writer because writing is a continuous process. For example, I have run three 5km marathons but that doesn’t make me a runner. A runner is someone who runs.
You don’t need to have a special ability to string words together. As long as you are able to communicate with your audience in a way that they understand and connect with, you can become a writer.
If you wake up every day and all you can think about is writing, then you should be writing. Everyone is unique and your uniqueness has to shine through in your writing.
I am an author (I have 4 published books and 2 Amazon bestsellers) and I’m also a writer because I write EVERYDAY. I love writing and I have learned how to build community and a thriving career out of it.
I can’t exhaustively cover everything but I hope this helps answer your question on – Who is a writer?
This piece was written by Edirin Edewor, a Personal Development Speaker.
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