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A writer is someone who writes and engages in the activity of writing.

Writing is the process by which oral language is transformed into visual-graphic representations of sound. Writers are manipulators of language, sound, and meaning. Writers attempt to communicate their thoughts with others, and with themselves as they organize their ideas using process of writing.

The term "writer" has been most often used in describing the work of those writers who produce Chapbooks or lit-zines or Pamphlets, or those writing for newsletters or Free sheets, where the writing is more prominent than other aspects of a publication, such as design or visual content, or those for whom writer is a career or profession. However, anyone who produces a zine with some written content can be considered a 'writer'.