I read a post written by Tami not long ago that talked about the difference between an author and a writer. I’m glad she found a way to get past what was holding her back and move forward with her plans to be an author.
It did get me thinking though, what if there are more categories than simply writer and author?
Well I suppose reader would be one, as would non-readers for that matter. Those would be people who simply don’t write. Mayhap they will sit down to pen a letter, maybe even a poem from time to time. Some of these folks may have a genuine gift for writing, it just simply is not something they are interested in doing.
I think that pretty well covers those who both like to write and have the talent for it. It also covers those who don’t like to write, whether they have the knack for it or not. What it leaves out is one last kind of writer, one I will call the hack.
The hack is one who has no problem sitting down and putting pen to paper. They enjoy writing, whether they ever intend to get it published or not. The difference is they simply don’t have the knack for it.
While what they write may be grammatically correct, properly structured, even plotted and paced according to some magical formula, they simply can’t make it work. It’s nothing you can put your finger on, nothing you can point at and say “fix this part, it’s broken.” It simply does not click, they don’t have the knack.
Tami is moving on from writer to author, and I wish her all the best with it.
I’m still trying to figure out if I am just a hack.