This obituary of ghostwriter-to-the-stars Sandford Dody has stayed with me since I read it in July. Dody ghostwrote books for Bette Davis, Robert Merrill, and Helen Hayes, among others. Yet, it made him deeply unhappy. This Wall Street Journal piece says he wrote, "After all, how can one become a ghost without dying a little?"
I think it's difficult for some people to create work and put someone else's name on it. I don't share that view when it comes to ghosting. I love helping people find the right words to tell their stories or share their ideas. But that doesn't make them any less their stories or ideas. I didn't live the experiences. I didn't formulate the thoughts. Whether I'm ghosting a book, opinion piece, or speech, the majority of it comes from someone else's brain. I help them say what they want to say in ways which other people want to read or hear.
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