FOWC with Fandango — Writer

FOWC

It’s August 17, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “writer.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.

One-Liner Wednesday — Writer or Waiter

“If you wait to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”

Dan Poynter, American author, consultant, and self-publishing pioneer

Okay, what are you waiting for? Either start writing or bring me my breakfast.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Blogging Insights — Writer or Blogger?

In this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…

How do you see yourself primarily, as a writer or a blogger, and is there a difference?

Writing is a form of human communication that involves the representation of a language with written symbols (letters of the alphabet, punctuation, and spaces). It requires at least a basic knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Vocabulary is also necessary, as is correct spelling and formatting.

Blogging is also a form of human communication that involves the representation of a language with written symbols (letters of the alphabet, punctuation, and spaces). It requires at least a basic knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Vocabulary is also necessary, as is correct spelling and formatting.

So is there a difference between writing and blogging? Yes, the primary difference is the medium in which writing and blogging appear. Writing typically appears in printed form, whether in books, magazines, or newspapers, although these days, most books, magazines, and newspapers can also be read via electronic media. Blogging is predominantly electronic, able to be viewed exclusively on the internet.

All that said, I distinguish between being a writer and a blogger in the same way I distinguish between being a professional and an amateur. Professionals get paid for their work. Amateurs do not.

True writers make their living by being writers, authors, journalists. They get paid for writing and for having their writings published. Most bloggers cannot earn much of a living by blogging. They blog for their own pleasure, to pass the time, or to engage with other bloggers.

You need to be a decent writer to be a blogger, but you don’t need to be a blogger to be a decent writer.

I consider myself to be a blogger primarily. It’s a hobby, a pastime for me and I am neither seeking nor receiving compensation for blogging. In fact, I pay WordPress an annual fee to have my own domain name and to remove those tacky advertisements from my blog.

But I also think of myself as a writer because blogging is primarily a medium that uses the “written” word, albeit in electronic format, at its heart.

So, bottom line, I’m both a writer and a blogger, but I’m primarily a blogger.

Weekend Writing Prompt — I Wanna Be a Writer

“You call yourself a wordsmith? That’s absurd. If anything, you’re the antithesis of a wordsmith. You may strive to be one, but you can’t spell, you’re lousy at grammar, and you can’t put a coherent sentence together. You’re a basket case.”

“I want to be a writer like you, Grandfather. You must have patience with me. I’m only seven years old.”

(61 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “absurd” using exactly 61 words.Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wordsmith/antithesis), Your Daily Word prompt (strive), MMA Storytime (basket), The Daily Spur (grandfather), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (patience). Photo credit: Getty Images.

Sunday Writing Prompt — Cards on the Table

What the hell? Alan thought after he opened the package he received from his editor. He picked up his phone and called the guy.

“Josh here,” the editor said when he answered the call.

“You arrogant son of a bitch,” Alan yelled into the phone.

“Ah, Alan,” Josh said calmly. “I guess you got your manuscript with my edits.”

“Don’t pull your down-home, woodsy routine on me, you worthless, spurious bastard,” Alan said. “Who do you think you are to redline my entire draft and to replace entire sections of it with your revisions? I hired you to edit my book, not to rewrite the damn thing.”

“Alan, you’re just like all of the rest of the wannabe novelist who write shit and then claim you can publish your claptrap independent of editors and publishers,” Josh said.

“Are you calling my manuscript shit?” Alan asked. “You so-called editors couldn’t write your way out of a wet paper bag. All you do is take other people’s creative work and tear it to shreds.”

“You think you’re a creative artist, do you, Alan?” Josh said. “Your manuscript has about as much creativity as a carbon copy.”

“You weren’t saying that when you wanted me to hire you, Alan said. “You claimed, with that deceitful smiling face of yours, that my draft covered a wide sphere of interests and with your great prowess to tidy it up, it could be a best seller. Were you lying then, Josh, you unscrupulous dick?”

“Okay, Alan,” Josh said, “I’m going to put all of my cards on the table.”

“I wish you would, Josh,” Alan said.

“Alan,” Josh said, “Don’t quit your day job.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt (cards). And for the Three Things Challenge (sphere, arrogant, smiling) from Di at Pensitivity101. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (editor), Ragtag Daily Prompt (woodsy), Your Daily Word Prompt (spurious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (replace), And Word of the Day Challenge (independent).