Writing is an art and a past time. If you feel you’re great at it and are looking for ways to monetize on this talent, you might want to consider being a ghostwriter. First, a ghostwriter is someone who writes materials for someone else who is the named author. Second, you’re probably thinking “OMG, excuse me, why would I do this?” Third, I’ve collected some short articles below that outline the pros and cons of this occupation. Depending on your outlook on life, you’ll either soak in all the pros and feel excited about this possibility. Or, you’ll scoff and use the cons as support to scoff at this even more.
I already know what’s flowing through your head. We all want credit for things we’ve worked on because how else would the world know you did the work? And, writing is hard. It’s a creation in your mind that has to have flow, needs to draw people in and keep them there, and you’ve got to keep track of a story line from start to finish. It’s not an easy art. Plus, ever heard of the starving writer? They need inspiration, motivation, and momentum to write and keep writing. Think of George R. R. Martin? Poor guy can’t finish his last few GoT books.
So, why should you write for someone else and they get all the credit and fame? Think of it this way. Consider the content. Keep in mind that writing for someone else or stealing someone else’s work without properly giving them credit in academia is illegal and very morally wrong. You can get kicked out of school, you can get your credentials taken away, and it’s literally not even worth it. The main reason is that research takes time, money, sweat, tears, and if you want the credit for all that, then you need to write it yourself. A major requirement to become successful in academia is being able to write. However, this hard rule isn’t quite the same for fiction, nonfiction, autobiographies, or editorials. With research, you want to know that the person who published the peer-review journal article has the research knowledge and skills to be studying, researching, and writing about cancer. You don’t want to know that Jim Bob was behind the article about a breakthrough in HIV treatment while it was under Dr. John Smith.
With other less serious and stringent content, it doesn’t matter if there’s a ghost writer. Some people have amazingly intriguing lives but they can’t write and that’s where a ghost writer comes in. Other people just don’t have time to write but they have the ideas that need to get out.
It’s up to you where you want to draw the line between morals and credit. Does it matter that you get credit if you unlocked the key to cure autism? Absolutely. Does it matter if you get credit for nonchalant material about chapstick? Eh, you decide. When that happens, it’s out of your hands and up to the morals of the person who lands on the byline instead. Check out what these experts below have to say about this topic!
Pros & Cons of Being a Ghostwriter
Great points about pros and cons of being a ghostwriter. The one that stands out is that you set your price and you set your content.
How to Become a Ghostwriter
If this sounds like the job for you, here are some ways to become a ghostwriter.
Benefits of Being a Ghostwriter
Always looking on the bright side of things, there are the benefits of being a ghostwriter!