What is a ghostwriter?

What is a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriting is simply the process of writing for a project that will be credited to someone else. This may apply across the entire project or just part of it, but the ghost, through contractual agreement, never has their own name publicly attached to the work. 

This means that a ghostwriter's aim is to draw as little attention to their contributions as possible, and allow the voice and the vision of another person shine. This is done by adapting the language, focus and style the ghostwriter uses to suit their client's requirements. However, being trained and skilled in their craft, they can offer advice on pacing, content and style where appropriate to enhance the work.

There are several genres in which ghostwriters are typically contracted: business books, fiction, lifestyle, proposals and grants and so much more. And of course, autobiographies and memoirs!

Ghostwriting and Memoirs!

No one knows your life story better than you, but many people need the skills of a ghostwriter to create something that other readers will enjoy and appreciate.

It might sound a little brutal, but writing for others is difficult. To take things from your head onto the page is step one, but crafting them in a way that engages your readers is the next step that divides engaging material from a dull slog. This is where the skills and training of a ghostwriter are extremely valuable. 

Many people assume that because they are writing a memoir, they should be writing in a chronological manner. It is just not the case. Even though this is a life story, it is important to capture your readers interest from the start. What is a dramatic point in your story? Start there. Surprise your readers into paying attention. Then return and reflect on how you came to be in the current situation, before coming into the present and what happened next.

For example:

Opening Scene:

A child rushes onto the road. A car turns the corner heading for the child. A woman runs out, sweeping the child into her arms as the car rushes past. They hug and she closes her eyes.....


Couple discussing their fertility struggles, the pain, the price and the time it's taken. Following the journey of the couple through their process, over as many chapters as needed, leading to the first embrace of the child with their family. 

Flash Forward:

From one hug to the next. Rejoin the timelines, and share the story of the family, whole, complete and together. Move on to their journey forwards.

This is more compelling than reading the same story told in a chronological manner. It also allows the reader to re-experience the opening story, as after they have journeyed though the long and difficult process for the couple to have the child, they have an even greater appreciation of their love for them, and the fear/relief experienced in that moment. 

Ghostwriters, such as myself, work with clients so they can share their stories with friends. With family. And even with the world.

And the best part is they don't have to do it on their own.

If you'd like to know more about what we do, we'd love to hear from you!


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