A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, as well as those who have written in many different forms. The word is almost synonymous with "author", although somebody who writes, for example, a laundry list, could technically be called the writer of the list, but not an author. Skilled writers are able to use language to portray ideas and images, whether fiction or non-fiction.

A writer may compose in many different forms including (but certainly not limited to) poetry, prose, or music. Accordingly, a writer in specialist mode may rank as a poet, novelist, composer, lyricist, playwright, mythographer, journalist, film scriptwriter, etc. (See also: creative writing, technical writing and academic papers.)

Writers' output frequently contributes to the cultural content of a society, and that society may value its writerly corpus -- or literature -- as an art much like the visual arts (see: painting, sculpture, photography), music, craft and performance art (see: drama, theatre, opera, musical).

In the British Royal Navy, Writer is the trade designation for an administrative clerk.

Internet Writers

The popularity of the Internet opened the door of opportunity to many established and aspiring writers alike. The new medium created concerns over writing quality in the Internet age. Writers’ advocates believe the Internet has led to a lower level of writing standards. [http://www.nwu.org/nwu/ National Writers Union] While new modes of communication through the Internet are constantly advancing and changing, the issue of writing quality questions the very definition of writing in the Internet age.

Whether writers are devoted to the craft or not, they are expected to be able to write well both offline as well as online, or at least recognize the difference between the two. [Bly, Robert W. “Weaving your web.” Writer’s Digest 2005 Aug.: 22.] When writing for the Web, it is the content that matters. “Writing for the Web is very different from writing for print. Print today remains superior to the Web when it comes to visible space, image and type quality, and speed.” [Wonnacott, Laura. “Site Savvy: When writing content for a Web site, make sure to tailor your efforts to the media.” InfoWorld 2000 July 3: 48.] Web visitors are quickly scrolling through sites seeking specific information and will not always take the time to read every word. Traditional writing techniques and standards are less of a priority, as multiple headings, bullets and lists are needed to aid scanning readers. Although reputable writers compose much of this writing, the quality can appear less than professional. Also, with the increase of tech people writing for the Web, the rules of grammar need to be put into effect. [cite web | url=http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/wired-brings-style-web-journalists/story.aspx?guid=%7B98D0C925%2D82B8%2D4E1A%2DB742%2D900DDB99DCBD%7D | title="Wired plots a new style for Web journalists" | author=Friedman, Jon | date= 2008-04-16 | accessdate=2008-04-18]

Writers not writing for a living often find enjoyment and small payouts from Web sites seeking material to raise their sites higher in the search engine rankings. Although this is a legitimate philosophy, the writing being published on the Web can often be less than professional. This lack of professionalism distorts the line between qualified and amateur writers. Writing standards are often not the highest priority as Web sites seek to drive traffic to gain advertising exposure. It seems as if readers are not as concerned about the writing quality, as long as they feel they are reading a relevant account on a particular topic. [cite web | url=http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/04/07/paid.writing.ap/index.html | title="Internet blurs line between amateur and pro writers" | publisher=Associated Press | date=2008-04-07 | accessdate=2008-04-08]

Blog Writers

Web based writers are often attributed as bloggers. Blogs are avenues by which to get information or opinions out into the Web for exposure. Bloggers have taken on a new wave of communication seeking to benefit all Internet users. Anyone with Internet access and a computer can set up a Web site or blog wherein to publish his/her writing. [cite web|url=http://computer.howstuffworks.com/blog.htm|title="How Blogs Work"|author=Brain, Marshall|accessdate=2008-04-08] The difference between writing on a blog versus a Web site is the amount of readers, along with the credibility each receives. Though blogs are generally informal and written by individuals, although marketers and advertisers have recently taken to them and use them as a tool to promote companies and receive feedback from consumers. [Bulik, Beth Snyder. “Wait…Isn’t This The Same As Social Networks?” Advertising Age 2008 March 17: 47.] Blogs are easy to create in the 21st Century due to the availability of templates offered on free blog Web sites. With blogs being easy to access and editable for both blog authors and readers, the contributions are virtually limitless.

Blogs and blog writing are taking on more meaning than just idle gossip between users and contributors. Educators are seeing the benefits of maintaing blogs in the classrooms as an educational tool. Teachers are able to keep an easy-to-maintain line of communication open with parents and other educators. Blogs also stimulate students to compose reflective responses to issues within an open forum. [Leight, Joanne. “Lifting the fog on instructional blogs.” JOPERD-The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 2008 Feb.: 52.]

ee also

*Hack writer
*List of women writers
*List of writers' conferences
*Lists of writers
*Style guide
*Writer's voice
*Writing Group
*Professional writing

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