Nicole Tallman is a professional writer and poet. Born and raised in Michigan, she lives in Miami, serves as the Legislative Affairs Director and Poetry Ambassador for Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, an Associate Editor for South Florida Poetry Journal, and Senior Interviews Editor for The Blue Mountain Review.
It takes a certain type of personality to thrive as a ghostwriter. If you love the spotlight or seeing your own name in print, ghostwriting is not the career for you. A ghostwriter is just that: a ghost or relatively invisible presence who writes for another person and rarely gets credit for his or her words. If you're into the Myers-Briggs thing, I'm an INFJ, which I've been told is fairly common among writers -- those who ghost and those who write for themselves.
Personality-typing aside, a successful ghostwriter must, above all, learn to think like another person altogether, and to then learn how to write and/or speak like that person would write and/or speak. Sound difficult? It can be. But, I have some tips to get you started on a ghost-writing career of your own.
Back in 2016, I was interviewed by my undergraduate alma mater (Grand Valley State University) for an article about what it takes to be a mayoral speechwriter -- a particularly special ghostwriting position. You can read that interview here:
This is my personal typewriter, which I love, but never use for ghostwriting,