Dear beautiful souls,
I have a friend who is kind but sometimes likes to make a scene. I don’t mind all that because again she is basically kind.
One day she blurted out. “I’m no writer. I’m an author,” she rebutted. She claimed writers and authors are different. How different are they, besides the spelling? According to my WordWeb dictionary, the word “author” itself refers to “someone who writes professionally” and “writer” “a person who can write and has written something”. There is some overlapping between the two obviously.
Writers are, she argued, those folks with exceptional and versatile writing skills. They can write about anything they ‘wish’ to or, actually, anything their big clients want them to. It’s more about making a great deal of money through publishing and media industries.
In a tone full of pride, she declared:”While authors have more freedom. They are more independent from this marketing and sales factors. Writing for the sake of passion is what they more likely do.” We almost threw up. Luckily, we didn’t. We hadn’t had anything to eat so there was practically nothing to be thrown out of our system.
I remember how enraged she was when an editor told her to read a best selling book and ask her to revise her works based on it. “Why don’t you try to write like this man? He sells a lot,” the editor blatantly suggested. “Blahhh!!!” the thin skinned lady stealthily sneered at the editor. An epitome of pig-headedness she truly was.
Yet, in some way I agreed with her thoughts. Authors — compared to writers — have more authority over their literary pursuit. They are liberated creative souls that seems to be utterly fearless, intuitive, easy going and fun.
Apart from that innate talent of picking best words to convey messages and knack for playing with words and sentences and all those literary tools, in the word of “author” lies also a meaning of the power or right to give orders and make decisions not only in one’s literary journey but also life in general.
Be the author in our own life. And let God edit the drafts. And no matter how ruthless the editing process may become, promise ourselves we don’t quit writing and rewriting.
Happy new year and may we all live a year of more authority in 2016.