(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. creator, originator; writer, inventor. See production, writing, artist, cause.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [One who originates]
Syn. inventor, originator, creator, architect, framer, artificer, discoverer, innovator, maker, planner, strategist, designer, projector, founder, father, organizer, prompter, producer, fabricator, artist, composer, begetter, prime mover, initiator, the brains*.
2. [One who writes]
Syn. writer, novelist, essayist, poet, short-story writer, dramatist, playwright, biographer, journalist, columnist, contributor, litt?rateur (French), belletrist, script writer, scenario writer, scenarist, screenwriter, librettist, scribe, penman, poetess, authoress, literary man, ghostwriter, encyclopedist, lexicographer, scholar, critic, annotator, hack, hack writer, scribbler, freelance writer, ghost*; see also writer .
Ant. reader*, audience, publisher.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. writer novelist, playwright, storyteller, screenwriter, poet, bard, historian, chronicler, biographer, dramatist, journalist, *hack, wordsmith. ''A person who you can silence by shutting his book.''—Max Gralnik. see book, novelist
2. originator creator, architect, designer, father, founder.
best-selling author with staying power: brand-name author
multiple books, author of: polygraph
pen name: pseudonym, nom de plume, allonym, ananym, anonym
publicizes author and books: publicist
sells author’s books, handles contracts: literary agent
writes a book for someone else who may or may not take credit: ghost writer
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun One that creates, founds, or originates: architect, creator, entrepreneur, father, founder2, inventor, maker, originator, parent, patriarch. See START.

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