Who Ya Gonna Call??


Here’s a fun question.
What do Tom Clancy and Hillary Clinton have in common? (Don’t worry, I’ll give you a few moments to think.)

They both used ghost writers.
I bet you went through all the details about their birthdays, favorite candy bars, and where they were born, or other strange things, but it is something quite simple.
I started thinking about ghostwriters a while back and when I did, a question arose: “Would I write a book for someone else and be OK with not getting credit for it?”
Now a part of me said, “I can’t be bought.” A different part replied, “I can be rented.”
So, there really wasn’t a clear answer to that question. Not for me, anyway.
This whole train of thought brought me to asking another question: what does a ghost writer actually do?
I didn’t have a clue! After some Googling, graham crackers, and milk, I dug up some pretty interesting information from Wikipedia. Okay, so it’s not always gospel, but most of the time it provides fairly accurate information.
Here’s what it had to tell me about ghostwriters:
Ghostwriters are hired to write literary or journalistic works, speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. Celebrities, executives, participants in timely news stories, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, memoirs, magazine articles, or other written material. In music, ghostwriters are often used to write songs, lyrics, and instrumental pieces. Screenplay authors can also use ghostwriters to either edit or rewrite their scripts to improve them.
Now to me this sounds like a fun job. You can get all the dirt and weird gossip from the actual person and make it sound normal to make them look less freaky. Personally, I think the freaky parts are more interesting. Let’s be honest here, a celebrity becomes a lot more real if we find out that they eat apple-cinnamon frosted Pop Tarts at two in the morning. That’s something we can all relate to.


Read the entire article in the September 2018 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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