I’m just going to say it:
I was the ghostwriter for a friend’s book.
This was a super interesting and complex process — I had to set my ego (and my opinion) completely aside. At times, it felt more like being a reporter than a writer. We would meet, and I would listen, and then ask question after question, trying to get a full picture of the mind of the author.
Then, I would take it all home, do some research to fill in the gaps, and extend and refine statements into what I thought my friend was trying to say.
Surprisingly, it was fun! That was something I didn’t expect.
This friend of mine offered me a byline, but I turned him down — his book has controversy written all over it, and I didn’t want us to get bogged down in arguments. However, and I know this is highly unusual, he did say I could post a link to it here on this site.
So, if you’re curious to see another aspect of how writers cobble together our days, please check out Christianity and Corporate America by J.M. Wadhwani. It’s a thought-provoking read. I’m proud of my friend for working to cross something off of his bucket list! And I am grateful that he took a chance on a new writer like myself.
I will remember this experience for a long time.