Writers = people who write stuff for pleasure (in this post, specifically stories)
Authors = people who get their writing published
1. They create beautiful worlds and characters with a story that they put so much time and effort into creating
Now, let me tell you, this is no easy thing to do! As a writer constantly striving to become an author, the hardest thing I find is just to come up with a story – a plot good enough to satisfy my mind (expectations increasing over the years as I increasingly read more and more amazing books), and a plot good enough to satisfy other reader’s minds.
It sounds simple, but it really isn’t. Then there are sub-plots you have to consider. It’s also making your characters realistic. It’s so easy to make them all Marie Sue’s and just have it over with. But no, they need context, feelings, problems. And you need at least a couple of these (at least, in my stories I do). It is stressful work, especially when you can’t make them all orphans – they have to bother with parents too while they’re trying to save the world *deep sigh*
And then there’s the setting. Readers (*cough* me *cough*) can be so fussy when it comes to settings. No, I can’t just plant my society on a moon without a thorough explanation seeking into the workings of such an ambitious idea. Like, I’m not a scientist?! Why can’t I just say the moon is big enough for everyone to live underground? *wails*
2. They take the generous step in deciding to share their beloved book to the world
If you don’t think this, please think again – publishing a book is scary! Those characters are your babies, the world is as comfortable to you as your home, and your story is one you put together from the ideas stringed up from your very own brain!
What if everyone hates it? What if no one buys it? Worst of all, what if you’re actually terrible at writing, and everyone who has read your book has been lying to you about how great it is just with the intention of not hurting your feelings, and it’s actually completely and totally abominable?
The struggle is real! That is a lot of stress to have to cope under.
3. They persevere, when writing a book is such a difficult (and miraculous) feat that anyone should be proud of accomplishing
I’m sure we all know you can’t just pop out a 300 page masterpiece of a book without a lot of perseverance. The words, worlds, characters, dialogue, settings don’t just come to you as you type away at your sad-looking word document in the middle of the night.
I’ve been trying to write a book (a story) for four years, and I’m still not even close. In other words, writing takes a lot of work (if you haven’t realised already). Writers should be recognised as sources of inspiration simply because of the sheer amount of perseverance and dedication writing a book demands.
4. They invest in something they love, whether people like it or not
I feel like there is always going to be someone who disapproves of a writer’s writing. The time they spend scribbling away in a notebook or plodding away at a word document. The planning and effort plunged into this beloved manuscript. Some people just don’t understand.
It’s important we recognise writing stories is not a useless activity. It’s a powerful one.