I could just say that it’s a trivial issue and let it go at that. But, like many trivial topics, it keeps popping up, and people even argue over it. A while back, I read someone’s attempt to redefine both words, and I got the very clear impression that it was more a matter of ego than practicality. Why? Because they defined a writer as someone who churns out words for money, and an author as a creator. Oh really? Authors don’t write for money? And being an author doesn’t require one to write? If you write, you’re a writer. Whatever else you want to attach to that word should be descriptive. This particular effort is descriptive only of the writer/blogger’s need to feel superior to mere scribblers who write in order to make a living, and therefore can’t possibly be creative.