I'm Mel and I'm addicted to Roleplayers. That's my RPholic self.
I've been writing in this RPG forum, although I'm not a roleplayer and I haven't been one for half a decade (pardon me, it sounds longer that way). And recently there's been this discussion there, about wizards and sorcerers, and which of the two is "cooler" as a character concept. And I don't really give a damn about any of it, but it's so far away from my focus point that I couldn't help myself from answering, since I appreciate the various related analogies with oh so many other things that I do actually care about.
A wizard, you see, is a guy who decides he wants to work with magic, and decides to work hard on that, read dusty tome upon leather-bound volume, and progresses steadily along his path. A sorcerer, on the other hand, is one whose magic comes from within, he's "chosen" in a way and he just develops the "talent" as he goes along. And in the debate, I chose the first option as being more noble and inspiring. And it was true, I promise it was true. In a sense.
Just five minutes ago, I told Than that he was a sorcerer at what he does. He creates, and most of it is not skill, he hasn't really broken a sweat, ever in his life, unless he really, really wanted to, in order to get where he is today. It comes from within. There's people out there who try hard, they study anatomy, or their various creative media, or other people's art, and they progress, steadily and surely. Than is not really one of them. But he does work magic with his hands.
And yes, he's a sorcerer. It doesn't have the same level-headed nobility that a wizard may have, the same conviction or the same perseverance, the same droplets of effort scattered upon everything he does. He just does whatever strikes his fancy, not even remotely suffering the same kind of consequences, not holding the same amounts of constant responsibility and pride at what he does.
But that's what makes him the hero of the story, just as sorcerers usually are. Ged of the Earthsea, Timothy Hunter, Harry Potter... and Than, my man.