I’ve been working as a professional writer for more than 20 years. If you haven’t heard of me, that means I’ve been doing a really good job at what I’ve been hired to do: mainly ghostwriting. People like me exist to help really busy people write whatever they don’t have the time or desire to do. Those people include the heads of top public- and private-sector organizations. I’ve created this page not to profit financially, but to share what I’ve learned with others who are interested in ghostwriting as a profession. I’ll be sharing tips from time to time. I’m also here to answer questions aspiring writers may have. Feel free to email me with questions, constructive comments or topics you'd like me to address in future articles at email@example.com.
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,