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 Interviews Editor for The Blue Mountain Review. She is the author Something Kindred (The Southern Collective Experience Press), co-editor with Maureen Seaton of We Who Rise from Saltwater, Let's Sing!, and her debut full-length collection is forthcoming in the summer of 2022.
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,