The Difference Between Being a Writer and an Author.

Last Update: June 06, 2019

A Writer is Born

If your tired of putting off the life you want, the life of being a published author, than you need to start by staying connected to the idea of why you want to write a book in the first place. Write out your why in three sentences and post it where you see it every day.Three simple sentences is all it takes.

  1. I'm writing this book because....
  2. This book will....
  3. With this book I will

Your Emotional Why

There are many reasons why people want to write. Maybe your curious to see if you can just do it, maybe you want to help people, by telling your story, or maybe you have a business idea or perhaps you just have a message you want to convey, but whatever your why, it must be important to you. Writing your why should inspire you, if it doesn't than its not the right why. If your not emotionally invested in your why, your book will never get writing, period.

Compared to a Book, Blogs are Easy

To be a writer you need to write. With blogs, I have never agreed with the idea that a good blog should never be less than 1000 words, its about content not quantity, and if you can get your point across in 200, 400, 600 words more power to you. With peoples limited attention spans today, shorter is usually better, but its hard to be economical with words and still have powerful content. A blog, in essence is an essay, on a very specific topic, a book is a totally different animal

A Book Takes Months

Writing a book is different than writing a blog obviously, you can write a blog in an hour or so, a book takes months. For example, the average book has 240 pages. 200 words a page, 20 pages a chapter or 4000 words. 240 pages divided by 20 equals12 chapters, this comes in at 48,000 words. Committing to 4000 words a week, you can have your book or at least a rough draft, completed in 3 months.

Track your Word Counts

In order to accomplish writing 48,000 words in 3 months you have to have a routine of when, where and how you write. Set weekly word count goals and track your word count progress. Keeping track is vital otherwise we tend to overestimate our progress and without realizing you can fall to 1000 words a week, suddenly your rough draft went from 3 months to almost a year. Tracking your progress is important.

Techniques to Writing

It's incredibly difficult to focus on writing for more than three hours in a day. Using different techniques can help. The Free Writing Technique, 20 minutes writing as fast as you can on the topic your working on, than switching to The Pomodoro Technique using a timer set at 25 minutes than a five-minute break can help break three hours down into manageable bites. The average person should be able to write 250 words in 25 minutes. 4000 words a week can easily be accomplished in eight hours.

Know Where Your Going

In order to meet your word count goals its important for you to know where you are going. When, creating a rough draft you don't have to follow any particular method. Find a method that works for you, rough draft, mind-map or outline each has its drawbacks and advantages, but its key to know where you are in your story and where your going. The goal is to write all the way through your first draft. Write without editing from the beginning of your rough draft to the end. Resist the urge to jump around.

Expect Resistence

Beware the resistance of becoming an author, all writers feel the resistance of not being good enough at the end of a first draft. It's the impersonal force that makes it difficult at changing something in your life, from the you, you know, to the author, you don't know. Take pride in the fact that you have completed the first draft of your book. Revising the first draft is where the writer becomes an author.

As always thanks for visiting, Dave


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Petra4 Premium
Hi Dave . . . interesting post. Expressing your thoughts on moving forward when wanting to become an Author. The resistance is the hard part & have struggled with this issue several times.

I have several journals now and a lot of drafts. Putting it all together and editing will take a lot of work. Having the drafts at least is a good starting point.

Thank you for sharing :)
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sminman7 Premium
Hi Dave,
Great post! Yes, a blog is easier than a book! That is why I have not written a book but I do enjoy blogging! You have interesting feelings about length of a blog, I tend to agree with you!
Michael Inman
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DBCrist Premium
Michael, Thanks for the comment. Content is not dependent on quantity. In this age, where attention spans continue to shrink, it benefits you, if you can make your point, in a clear and concise manner. Forces you to be a better writer.
Dave
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CarlaNavarro Premium
Hi Dave,
I truly enjoyed reading your post. I never thought of myself as a writer, I always thought that there was a long process, and college, etc to be one. With my previous Career, it just seemed that I could never do it.

Since I came to WA stemming back to 2017, my focus has been to start my internet business, as well as to finally begin writing my book. I have read and researched so much information on what it takes to be a writer, that now I say, "Why did I wait so long?"

In my prime age of "61", I have so much to share with the world, not only to share life experiences, but how to overcome, and move through all the obstacles.

Amazingly enough, I have been journaling for over 13 years!!. Learning the structure of what it takes to put a book together has been very enlightening to me.

When I read other WA family members who say they have written several books, then I tell myself, I CAN DO THIS, AND I WILL DO IT! I am now on a mission!

Thank you for your post, and wish you continued success. Please
follow me on my journey, as I have a commitment to myself to finish the book by December 18th, my 62nd birthday.

Thank you for sharing!!

Many blessings to you.
Carla
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DBCrist Premium
Carla, Thank you for the comment. I will be 68 on my birthday December, 18th also, (coincidence?). I've stated before that everyone has a best seller lurking inside them, it takes courage to bring it out in the open. Even if only one person learns something from your experience, it's worth it. The journey of becoming vulnerable, open and honest is the most fun.
Dave
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Petra4 Premium
Hi Carla,

On . . . Why you waited for so long? My guess is that your parents steered you away from that direction &/or your lifestyle changed it for you.

In my case, I had wanted to write for a very long time. Before 20yo actually and now I am 50, turning 51 very soon. I ask myself the same question but I also got my answer - family!
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FKelso Premium
You speak truth. I've written five books, and I can tell you they do take a lot longer to write than a blog.
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DBCrist Premium
Thanks for the comment, Having Affiliate Marketing skills must make it fun to promote them. Do you have an e-book as a give away on a capture page?
Dave
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FKelso Premium
No, but that is something I should consider. Good idea!
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you for sharing this very informative post Dave, much appreciated

You have given me food for thought.

I like your thought on the length on blog post and I must agree that if what needs to be said is less than a 1000 words then it is good to go.

Have a great day

Jennifer
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DBCrist Premium
Jennifer, Exactly, in a lot of ways it forces us to be better communicators. Some blogs will be longer obviously but giving good content in a clear concise manner will get you followers.
Dave
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Jadatherapy Premium
Yes and for content to be our business we need followers.

Jennifer
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