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To view the full entry, visit One Stop for Writers where it resides within the largest fiction-based descriptive database ever created. (Free Trial available.)Occupation: Ghostwriter Overview: A ghostwriter is someone who writes for hire, taking a flat fee for a writing project but getting none of the credit for the work. They’re hired by someone as a freelance writer to produce copy for a fee. Ghostwriters may work on staff, generating content (speeches, Tweets, letters, blog posts, video scripts, website content, etc.) for a company or employer, or they may work on their own and be hired for a specific job, such as writing a novel. They also may be part of… Necessary Training: Ghostwriters often have a solid backlog of writing credits to their name, which means anyone seeking employment in this field needs to have a lot of writing experience—and bylines—under their belt. Nonfiction ghostwriters who… Useful Skills, Talents, or Abilities: Exceptional memory, good listening skills, writing Helpful Character Traits: POSITIVE: Adaptable, cooperative, courteous, creative, curious, disciplined, discreet, enthusiastic, focused, honest, industrious, meticulous, organized… NEGATIVE: Withdrawn, workaholic Sources of Friction: One’s ego taking a hit due to never getting the credit for one’s work, a client who doesn’t clearly communicate his needs or the scope of the project, one’s style not being appreciated by the client, a perfectionistic or controlling client who micro-manages a project, working on projects that aren’t stimulating or fulfilling, falling behind on a deadline, family members who treat one’s job as a hobby… People They Might Interact With: clients, an employer, members of discussion and job-posting boards, other writers How This Occupation Might Impact One’s Basic Needs:
- Self-Actualization: Many ghostwriters choose this field as a way of making money while they focus on their own books. But if they have no time or energy for their own writing, they may…
- Esteem and Recognition: For writers whose esteem and self-respect depend on them being recognized by others, ghostwriting may lead to a void in this department.