A writer is a storyteller who creates content that includes a plot (conflict). It has a beginning, middle, and ending. The story can have six words or 60,000 in which the writer shares a message with her audience through the spoken or written word.
Ex. Something happened to a young woman, and if she’s going to return to normal, she’ll have to succeed at doing this grand thing, or she will never be whole again.
A journalist notices trends, the changes that occur and reports on them. The information, usually nonfiction, can contain as little as 45 words, especially if it’s for broadcast or more than 45,000 if it’s a book-length feature. The book reveals little known information regarding something such as a cause célèbre case. The news report is usually unbiased. The journalist presents facts and evidence that allow the reader or viewer to decide.
Ex. Something is underfoot in Mudville, and while these small-town residents say this is A way of life, some believe all has changed. In this report, we’ll uncover what is happening, who they believe is most affected, and how officials are going to fix it, and when.
A commentator/editorialist shares opinions on current events, a cause célèbre et al. Sometimes, the commentator puts a spin on the topic. Still, it doesn’t have to be as nefarious as propaganda; a spin can be a contrarian view. Or it can simply be another perspective not previously shared. One thing that all commentary has in common is bias.
Ex. The recent rash of activity in small-town, ANY COUNTRY, can only be the result of THE NUMBER of resources being used to favor one group over another. If it’s not stopped, there will be more, making things worse.
A philosopher observes, hypothesizes, and unpacks why the natural event, activity, or behavior occurs. She usually contemplates the subject, studies it from various angles, and reviews the many topics that can arise from the issue. She then defends her completed study via peer review. The philosopher creates a new set of actions to be performed so that new behavior can result.
Ex. When a group of cReative workers are left to their own devices, a large business will fail. Therefore, to prevent innovation, it is best to establish a set of rules for everyone to follow without question.
Now, of course, we know these terms, but the social media age is causing “blurred lines.” Spread the word. Together, we can bring clarity to the writing sector.