Most all Authors are Writers, but Not all Writers are Authors

Today's guest post is brought to you by J. Frank James

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I hope I have not confused you as a reader. My point is that to be writer you generally first have to create something to write. This is not true of say a journalist or a technical writer. As a journalist, the person simply writes about the news in a factual manner. It generally is free of opinions unless it is meant to be an editorial and in that case the writer is free to express an opinion. While such professionals are often referred to as authors, they are merely report events that have taken place and the purpose of the written piece is to inform the reader as opposed to entertain.

There are several types of authors.

On the other hand, there is the historical novelist who draws his or her books base from events as they occurred in the past. Then having completed an extensive amount of research creates a manuscript tracking the historical events with the author adding his or her twist on the facts. A good example of a writer specializing in this genre of style is James A. Michener and his books about the events taking place in the early west.

The next type of author would be someone who fancied themselves as a writer of poems. Robert Frost would be a good example.

Finally there is the author of fiction. I would liken this type of writer to a freestyle skier or hot air balloonist. They are free to go where they like and the only important thing is that they arrive safely at the end. A writer of fiction does not have to have always the need to make a point. I can be nonsensical. An example of this would be the novel by Ian Fleming entitled "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". The book is absolute nonsense, but it is meant to be just fun. Furthermore, it came from a man who gave us James Bond.

I enjoy writing fiction for the simple reason it does not place any restrictions on where I can go with my characters and vice versa. By that I mean my characters are free to take over the book. I can tell you how many times I would reach a point and not know what to do next when all of a sudden several of the characters in the book start to flex their muscles and the next thing I know I am off on a tangent to a place I had not thought of going in the book. When this happens, don’t panic. You are in good hands.

Finally, don’t fear your sense of creativity. The Harry Potter novels are a good example of that. If you feel it, write about it. When you do you will feel better about it in the morning. 

About the Author:

J. Frank James

J. Frank James has a passion for writing, and he certainly has the knowledge and experience to write realistic crime thrillers, thanks to his extensive background in law. Jim attended law school, where he was a member of the law review. He even went on to pass the state bar and started his own law practice that specialized in complex litigation. Jim's experience in law helps lend credibility to his crime fiction books. He has also traveled extensively and gains inspiration for his crime thrillers from his travels. From observing other cultures and gaining new experiences, Jim is able to infuse new life into his books and develop believable characters that readers can identify with.

J. Frank James writes crime thriller novels that are gripping and suspenseful. In 2013, he began publishing The Lou Malloy Crime Series, which is expected to span 20 books. The series follows Lou Malloy, a hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison for the theft of $15 million, and his partner Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. The titles include "The Run Begins", "Dead Money Run", "Only Two Cats", "Blue Cat in Paradise", "Rainbow Games", "Two Birds To Kill", "Last Flamingo", and "Finders, Keepers".  J. Frank James creates all of his own book covers. To learn more, go to  

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