GHOST WRITERS IN THE SKY by Mary Walker Baron
I’ve been thinking about becoming a ghost writer. My hesitation is that I like to get credit for my writing. I like to see the words ‘By Mary Walker Baron’. There’s just something about getting credit for writing. On the other hand, writers need to write. Writing requires effort and effort requires muscle. To be a writer is to write. If I don’t write I worry that my writing muscle will atrophy and I will never write again. Catastrophic thinking aside, writers write. Here’s my dilemma. Is getting credit for what I write more important than writing? At this point I’m thinking it is not more important. Writing for others under their names doesn’t mean I will lose my voice forever or at all. Writing for others does mean that I will keep writing—that I will keep my writing muscles firm, flexible and in top form. After all, speech writers rarely receive credit for their words spoken by another. And yet speech writers keep writing words spoken by others.
So right now I think writing is more importing than seeing my name in the by line. Come to think of it, writing for someone else might turn out to be not only fun but enormously challenging. After all, I won’t be writing to please myself but to please the person for whom I’m ghosting.
I don’t think this is a pie in the sky approach to writing. I think it is practical and realistic. A Google search of ghostwriting provides many services who will happily take a cut of my salary for finding me the work. Starting out that’s probably okay. Further down the line I might earn a reputation and people might seek me out for their projects.
And while all of this is going on I will still write under my own name.
This may just be how a writer can have the best of all possible worlds.
I’ll keep you posted.