not the last time I'll hear about these
I’ll go back a couple weeks. No, make it a year and a couple weeks. Last July a friendofafriend introduced me to a man who had an incomplete autobiography/memoir that he wanted finished and ultimately published. He asked me to read what had been written and tell him if I thought getting it published was worth pursuing. I was hesitant to do this. I didn’t know him, or his story or writing style. What if I didn’t like what I read? Writing is not easy, and regardless the subject matter or genre, it’s both personal and revealing. I wouldn’t want to break it to him that I didn’t like his book.
Okay, fast forward a year, to last month. It’s been that long since I told the man that in my opinion your life story is fascinating, entertaining and I think you should pursue getting it published. With that stamp of approval I agreed to finish writing the autobiography/memoir, acting as a ghost writer. One heck of a challenge, let me tell you, because, A) Writing non-fiction isn’t what I do, except for these weekly blog posts, B) English is not his first language (he dictated it in his native Swiss German and it was translated into English), C) he lives a few hours away from me so we can’t have sit downs and face-to-face powwows about the book’s progress and D) every writer has their own “voice” - their personality ekes into their writing, shapes it. How do I make his story sound like his voice, not mine?
Wish me luck!!!
Have you ever acted as a "ghost writer"?
Written anything for someone else?
Been to the Alps??