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Hazel Gaynor

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what writers do

I saw an interesting question posted on Facebook this week by Sarah Webb, which was prompted by a reaction someone had to her telling them she was a ‘writer’. They considered the term ‘writer’ to be very ordinary, especially given the number of books Sarah has written (33! *faints*). So, Sarah’s question to the writing community was this: what do you call yourself? Writer? Author? Novelist?

Hmmm. It’s a great question and one I’ve never been sure of the answer to. I sometimes call myself a writer. My friends always refer to me as ‘their writer friend’. I have aspirations to be a ‘novelist’ and yet I’m not sure where the classification of ‘author’ comes in. Is is based on how many books you’ve written, or does it just boil down to personal preference? Can you only be an ‘author’ if you are JK Rowling or Sebastian Faulks and can you only be a novelist if you are Emily Bronte or Jane Austen?

In any event, I think the job that we all do (regardless of how we label it) is pretty neatly summed up by the image above. Soooooooo true!

So, I leave you with a job title to ponder and wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Here’s  to great writing, great books and great things in 2014.

Carry on Writing!

Hazel

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