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A writer utilizes written words in a range of styles and techniques in order to relate ideas. Writers are able to create a wide assortment of works, under the umbrella of literary art or creative writing. Examples of these styles include short stories, novels, poems, plays, articles (for news or entertainment purposes), screenplays or essays.

The best writers have the ability to utilize words in order to express ideas, and their works tend to stand the test of time by contributing to modern culture and by continuing to contribute to future cultures.

Writers Work in Different Genres

Writers may create work that spans many different genres. This type of work may be fiction or non-fiction. Writers may also utilize multiple forms of media. For example, drawings or other visual aids may be added in order to enhance their work. These other forms of media may be self-created or they may be outsourced to artists, illustrators or graphic designers.

Writers may even weigh in (in writing) about their own creative processes. For example, George Orwell wrote a famous essay, “Why I Write”, which detailed the inspiration for his work (he suffered from loneliness and feelings of isolation, and therefore found writing to be a solace).

Within the fiction genre, examples of types of literary works include mysteries, thrillers, romantic novels (romances, for short), chick-lit (work aimed at women, which may or may not have a romantic focus), and so on. In the non-fiction genre, textbooks, biographies, essay compilations and humorous books may be found (to name just a few examples).

When a grouping of non-fiction or fiction works (both genres may be found in one grouping) are published in one convenient book, this type of grouping is known as a literary compilation or anthology. Anthologies of this sort sometimes feature the “cream of the crop”, in terms of talent and popularity. However, these types of compilations may feature almost any types of writers.

Writers May be Amateurs or Professionals

Some writers work professionally, for pay, while others work for free. Professional writers may be found in a range of environments. For example, they may be novelists or they may work online. The advent of the digital age has made it simpler for professional writers to perform work remotely.

In addition, the Web provides amateur writers with a convenient mode of sharing their work with a worldwide audience. Other places where professional writers may be found include newsrooms, magazine offices and screenwriting offices. There are many ways to work for pay as a writer, from crafting website content to blogging to writing product descriptions.

Some writers, who write books, are also known as authors. However, the term author tends to denote legal responsibility for a specific piece of writing, whether it is anonymous, unknown or collaborative in nature.

Writers May Have Muses

For some authors/writers, such as Irish novelist, playwright and poet, Oscar Wilde, inspiration takes the form of a person. This type of inspirational individual is commonly known as a muse. In the case of Oscar Wilde, the muse was his young and aristocratic male lover, “Bosie”. For others, muses may range from love interests of either sex to models, ballerinas, artists or other writers (and beyond).

However, a writer may create important or unimportant literary works without having a muse. Writers who suffer from writer’s block or other common obstacles to success may search for inspiration from muses or other sources. Many of the world’s best (and worst) writers have suffered from bouts of writer’s block.

Writers May Receive Praise or Criticism

When writers put their works into the public domain, they are subject to scrutiny, in the form of praise or criticism. Literary critics spend their time dissecting works of fiction or non-fiction and then weigh in with their opinions about the overall merit of these works. However, anyone may be a critic. Writers may find the process of being criticized helpful or detrimental.