Tagged: ghostwriting

Lessons from ghostwriting #1

Woooo! Woooo! Auoooooohhhh…

Yeah, yeah, right.

I’ve got a ghostwriting project. It is, for all intents and purposes, the first contract for my new company James Crawford Creative (same name, new focus). It is teaching me quite a lot, and I’ve only been working on it for a week. I decided it might be useful if I passed along what I’m learning, since this is a potential area of growth for all indie authors.

So far:

  • It is exhausting digesting/researching information
  • It is also challenging to learn your client well enough to “speak” authentically for that person
  • I have woken up from dreams about the source material
  • To write from an (overused) authentic place, part of you has to imagine and “live” the events you’re going on about—a bit like Method Acting
  • Intense source material creates intense feelings, even if it wasn’t your life
  • Pace yourself
  • Accept that you will get distracted… in fact, you probably NEED it
  • Waiting to hear from your client can be angst-filled time

I hope this helps anyone else who is contemplating or actively pursuing writing material for another person. It helps me to share it.