In one of his novels, P.G. Wodehouse called a writer an ink slinger.
I can't tell you how much I love this title for what we do. Scribbler, scribe, wordsmith... yes, all good names, but I'm awfully partial to ink slinger. And sometimes it's true in the most literal way.
Are those freckles on your face?
Why, no, they are splatters of INK. I got just a little carried away during work today.