The flow, the secret information and the intuitive knowing a ghost writer will need:
Ghostwriting and working closely with your subject on their life story or fiction screenplay is an art in itself and will become mastered only through experience and reflection. It requires time, patience and an attuned understanding of the individual in order to find their voice. Only that will make the piece their own. Sometimes, people do not have a voice – but a good ghost writer will be able to help with this. We will discuss this further in later posts. A ghost writer is someone who is observant, intuitive, detailed and creative.
Because each job and client is uniquely different, the book or screenplay, and writing experience in completing it – shall be a different one. Therefore, being adaptable and able to flow with your client is key – they are different to the last client, so different rules apply. One must gauge people’s personalities on a day-to-day basis and working with our clients is no different – so flow accordingly. If your client is showing a heavy amount of confidence and leadership with how they want their book written, we may need to realise that this behaviour can often be a projection and not necessarily how they really feel. Deep down, such a personality may need to be led – and in doing so, you may fill your client with the confidence they were looking for in their writer. Similarly, a person showing a lack of confidence and leadership may not want you to take total charge and play the authoritarian bad cop, but may in fact be unconsciously testing you to see if they can work with you: finding that bond of trust with your client is what is needed and only you will be able to make that happen. Without that, the creative process is already stunted. Nor are they likely to want to work with you as a ghost writer and sign over your get to work deposit if there is no chemistry.