What Makes Someone a Writer? Does Every Person Who Writes Deserve the Title?


Are you a writer? What makes you a writer? What are the characteristics of a writer?

Charles Dickens is a great writer. His story, storytelling, plot, substance, form, characterization, and language style are superb.

Dan Brown is a contemporary writer. He is very popular, however, he is no match with Dickens in terms of literary expressions. Does this make him inferior to Dickens? Definitely not!

Dickens and Brown, both are great writers. Their style is different, they write in different genres. They have their own audience.

So, what is the basic character of a writer? How do you classify someone as a writer? What traits someone must show to be termed as a writer?

Dictionary definition of a writer:

  1. Someone who writes books, stories, articles etc. and chooses a platform (online, print) to get people to read his written works.
  2. Someone who is able to write in his/her chosen language, and has written something.

If you have written dissertations while in school, college and university, does this make you a writer? In such case, definition number 1 does not make you a writer, but number 2 does. When we say writer, most of the time we go by definition number 1.

Gone are the days when only those who could write many pages in flowery language were considered writers. Whether thousands of people or a handful of people read your written work, you are a writer as long as you write something. These days anyone who publishes even a 100-word article is a writer.


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    Andria Perry

    I have a cook book written, I have a book of poems written, I started another book but I have to rethink it because it involves so many real people.

    I write for pennies online.

    I really don`t care about labels, I am a writer but not by profession.

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      Vinaya Post author

      I am also writing for pennies online. I call myself a writer for print and online.

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    Kyla Matton Osborne

    I think it’s important to claim the title of “writer,” if this is what one does. But of course, it’s also important to be sure that every 100 words we post in the guise of writers are written with skill and care.

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      Vinaya Post author

      We all are writers even though some of us are good writers and some are bad writers

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    Marie Edgerly

    I agree with you @andriaperry. I don’t care about labels either. I have always considered myself a writer, even though I haven’t had anything published yet. That is one my main goals that i hope to achieve one day.

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      Vinaya Post author

      You have pulished on the internet. This is enough to label you as a writer.

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