But whereas an ‘author’ appears only at the moment of cultural recognition, a ‘writer’ is simply one who writes and is born at the moment of writing, not through the conferring of the status of social recognition. An author is a social construct; a writer is one who performs a human process. Of course, all authors are writers (except, I suppose, for plagiarists and those who hire their writing out), but if we want to know about the personal and social causes of revision and versions of texts, we must study the processes of writing, which are inseparable from the person writing and worry elsewhere about the sociology of Authorship.

(Bryant 2002, 11)

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