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What Makes a Writer a Writer?

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An interesting discussion on LinkedIn is swirling around the topic of when a writer can call themselves a writer .. As I've watched the discussion unfold, some interesting ideas have cropped up. They are worth considering.

A writer is someone who has been published offline.

Considering that a large segment of the writing work available is almost exclusively online today, this definition just can not hold true. While it is almost guaranteed that someone who has broken into hard print is a very good writer, it does not preclude someone who has never had their work published in traditional media from being considered a writer.

A writer is someone who knows their grammar, punctuation rules and how to spell things correctly.

I'm not prepared to say this is true because I know that publishers, magazines and newspapers all hire copy editors for one very good reason. Not every writer on the team has good spelling skills. No writer's punctuation skills are perfect. And everyone has certain words they almost always type incorrectly. I've been a copy editor. It's always easier to see others mistakes.

For me, I have to watch dropping the "r" on your, adding a "d" in college and several other persistent misspellings. There are words I consistently add extra letters to and others I drop letters from almost every time I type them. And most of the time, they are words, so spell check does not catch them.

At the same time, if a writer can not tell the difference between when to use your and you're or its and it's, it will be an obstacle to achieving a higher pays scale. Excellence in every aspect of writing is essential if you want to be taken seriously.

A writer is a professional who makes a consistent income from writing.

This can be true. The definition of consistent may vary. I know that I began by approaching only a few hundred dollars a month from writing work. I had some months where I had no income from that source. At the same time, I was consistently seeking work. As a writing professional I took action.

  • I actively built my portfolio.
  • I built a free website on Office Live.
  • I focused on bridging the gap from when I studied journalism to what the market demands of writers today.
  • I applied every piece of knowledge I gained into strengthening my ability to write compelling materials.

To put the title "writer" on a resume, suggest you need to be more than someone who has started their own blog. Despite the fact that I have a ghostwriting tips blog, it is not this blog that makes me a writer. It's the fact that people read this blog and actually benefit from it that supports my claim that I am a writer.

A writer is someone who can explain different topics in language that the average person can understand.

This truly is a skill that not everyone possesses. In some ways, every writer needs to have a teacher's heart, the ability to break things down into understandable packages. Some writers are gifted with the ability to reach very young minds. That's why there are writers of children's books. Other writers just can not get down to that level, yet remain effective writers for a different audience.

A writer is more than someone who starts their own blog.

There are good blogs and so-so blogs. To truly claim to be a writer, the blog can not be riddled with grammar errors. A few spelling and punctuation errors are forgivable, especially as most blog writers can not afford a separate set of eyes to edit their work.

A writer is someone who crafts words to influence others.

It's the power to dig into the meaning of words and craft them as you have done that signifies a writer. The fact that you can express your arguments succinctly using words in their written form defines that you are a writer. Maybe that is the definition we should be holding to here. "A writer is someone who can write with words so effectively they can influence others whether they do it for pay or not."

It's not whether your work appears on the eviscerated remnants of a tree or on the electronic representation of a page that makes you a writer. It's whether your words move and / or motivate. A novelist may move through the creation of characters and plots. A web writer may motivate to action by carefully chosen words.

Both are writers. Both use their power over words to create an experience in the mind. That experience would not be there without the writer's ability to craft words.

What makes a writer a writer? We'll probably never be able to agree on a single definition. Too may people would disagree with the writer's version of the artist's definition, "A writer is a writer because he / she writes."

Famous People Who Died of AIDS

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In today's times, the deadliest disease to ever hit mankind is the said to be Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. The causal agent of this fatal disease is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or better known as HIV. This virus attacks the immune system of the body and gradually weakens it to the level that the body is unable to fight any form of infection.

It is important to understand that all HIV positive individuals may not be suffering from AIDS. It may take years for an HIV positive person to test positive for AIDS. Records show that in the year 2007 itself, 583,298 number of people succumbed to AIDS in the US and adjacent regions.

There have been some famous personalities who have been victims of this lethal disease. The author of more than 500 literary works, Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi, Russia. Isaac was gifted with an incredible memory that was evident in the fact that he taught how to read much before his peers at school. The boy tried his luck at articulation at an age as early as 11 years. At this young age, the great novelist produced his first piece of writing in the form of a fiction novel. However, it was in 1939 that his work entitled 'Marooned Off Vesta' got published for the first time. Over the years, his works Nightfall; I, Robot; and the Foundation series helped him gain recognition. The author developed HIV infection, and finally breathed his last on April 6, 1992.

A man whose name shines amongst African American tennis players is Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. He was not only the first African American player from the junior circuit to obtain a ranking from the US Lawn Tennis Association, but was also a pioneer for being awarded a complete scholarship by the University of California. This fabulous player happens to be the only African American tennis player to have won the singles event at the Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. The famous player lost his life to AIDS on February 6, 1993.

The Hollywood star Rock Hudson's name stands out amid celebrities to have died of AIDS. Born as Roy Fitzgerald, acting was his childhood dream. This Hollywood sensation re-christened himself as Rock Hudson and took training in acting, singing, dancing and riding to make his dream come true. After his debutant role in the movie 'Fighter Squadron' in 1948, Hudson never looked back. In a time span of more than four decades, his career boasted of movies such as The Last Sunset, The Ambassador, Strange Bedfellows, Man's Favorite Sport and Send Me No Flowers. It was in 1984 when this talented artist was diagnosed with AIDS. The disease turned fatal within a year as Hudson expired on October 2, 1985.

Another famous personality, well known in the field of music was Freddie Mercury. A rock musician by profession, Mercury gained acclaim as the lead singer for Queen, which was a rock band from England. The artist was recognized for his allure during live performances. Owing to his education in India, most of his music had an Indian touch. Freddie Mercury contracted AIDS and finally succumbed to the disease on November 24, 1991 due to pneumonia which was a side effect of the disease.

Other famous people to have died of AIDS are Leigh Bowery, Merritt Butrick, Michael Callen, Steve Rubell and Néstor Almendros.