How To Think Like a Writer Not an Author

Thinking Like A Writer

To be successful in writing books for children you have to know how to think like a writer not an author.  You see, the major difference between successful writers and those that give up is all between the ears.  Your mindset plays a huge role in becoming a writer who writes for a living and an author who is trying to become a writer.

Your mindset plays a big role in not only how you write but what you write.  Successful writers think differently and it shows in their work.  Change your own mindset and follow in the footsteps of successful writers.

Let’s analyze the key difference between a writer and an author.

A writer is always creating.  This means they are always writing, pushing forward and moving ahead with their writing careers.  They work hard at honing their craft and make due with what they have because they know and believe in themselves.  You see, they focus on writing and it shows.

On the other hand, an author is too worried about what his books, stories and his writings are doing, whether they are selling or not.  An author is concerned with his writing in the past tense as in writings that have already been released.  They are too concerned with what they’ve written and not the journey that will inevitably make them better writers.

To write, you need to learn things like voice, characterization, plot, dialogue and point-of-view of the characters in the story.  As writers, you must focus your energies on always getting better.  As authors, you lose sight of the overall picture.  You are also losing sight of what’s important… that being what you are writing.

Be a writer not an author.  Focus on writing not submitting until the time comes when you have to submit your manuscript.  There’s a time for everything so focus on what needs to be done.  Enjoy the writer’s journey for that is where the success comes.


A. J. Westin is a children's adventure book author who specializes in writing stories kids really want to read. He has written over two dozen books and has dedicated his life to helping kids become better readers through his inspirational stories.
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