writer

writer, author, composer can all denote a person who gives expression to his ideas or feelings, but they are not as a rule synonyms.
Writer is a comprehensive term applied to someone whose occupation or chief employment is that of expressing something in words, especially for others to read. As an occupational designation, it implies that one's profession is writing for publication, and it covers such persons as novelists, essayists, dramatists, editors, and journalists
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a free-lance writer

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news writers

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a writers' club

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Author in its comprehensive sense (see under MAKER)
is applicable to a producer or source (as of a work of art)
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the author of my being)

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but it can be applied specifically to a person who has written for publication. It differs from writer in placing less stress upon the profession and more upon the fact of having written and published something (as a book or an article under one's own name or a pen name)
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decide to become a writer

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the authors of some well-known books were not writers by profession

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Author in this sense, too, implies an originator or source and is distinguished from reviser, adapter, editor, or dramatizer.
Composer, like author, may be used generally and specifically. But because it emphasizes the bringing together of a number of things so as to form a whole (a composition), it is applied most frequently to those expressions of ideas or feelings achieved by bringing together musical tones, words, colors, or shapes so as to form an artistic pattern. It is the specific term for the author of a musical composition
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the composer of the Peer Gynt suite

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but, although this is its commonest application, it is also applicable to poets, painters, designers, and others when composition rather than creation or representation is the end
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Shakespeare was not only a dramatist but a composer of lyrics and sonnets

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  • Writer to the signet — Writer Writ er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster] They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster] My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Ps. xlv. 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer's cramp — Writer Writ er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster] They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster] My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Ps. xlv. 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer's palsy — Writer Writ er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster] They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster] My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Ps. xlv. 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer's spasm — Writer Writ er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster] They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster] My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Ps. xlv. 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Writer's voice — is a literary term used to describe the individual writing style of an author. Voice is a combination of a writer s use of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works) …   Wikipedia

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