I deal with writer’s block in a couple of ways. I often am working on multiple books or stories, so if I’m having writer’s block with the current project, I just turn to one of my other books. Sometimes I just need a break to “miss” my characters. My second technique is the strangest. I will take a break from writing and then as I’m going through the day, I imagine what my character’s response would be to the tasks I’m accomplishing. For example, in my recent novella, Gods Behaving Badly, my character Cate is very socially stunted and pithy. I will try to imagine how that character would react to having to clean the house (she’s a hoarder, so you can imagine) or how she might react to a tuna salad for lunch (she loves it!) Weird, but it definitely works for me!
I’m particularly interested in authors who self-publish. Self-publishing represents a healthy move away from expensive publishing houses and literary services that require an author take an advance on speculative, future profits in order to publish. Publishing houses are in a much better position to eat those costs and they have assumed the risk when they take on new […]
Someone asked me recently why I ghostwrite instead of writing exclusively for myself. It was the first time I had ever really been asked the question and I was surprised I had to think about how to answer.
Besides the obvious–it helps to pay the bills–I enjoy writing! Even if I’m not doing it for myself, I still find the process quite satisfying. I’m also always interested in other people’s ideas and love being able to take their ideas and bring them to life.
There are two types of ghostwriting scenarios. In the first, the client provides the research and the outline and I write the story. In the second, the client has a basic idea, and I have to do the research and come up with the plot. I find the latter most satisfying because of the creative freedom, which can be really important when writing a 50k word count story!
As a ghostwriter, I’ve written stories I didn’t love, but the clients loved. And, I’ve written stories that were some of my best work so far. These are some of the drawbacks to being a ghostwriter–I have to infuse passion into every story even if I don’t love it as much as the client, and I sometimes write stories for which I wish I could receive author credit.
At the end of the day, the positives outweigh the negatives, in my opinion. Ghostwriting can provide a steady income and someone else has to worry about promoting the book!
Check out this article from a few years back on the subject. Everything in this article still rings true!