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!