I call it “word art” —
- imagery and figurative language
- literary devices
- scenes and settings that pique the imagination
- sensory elements
Many author clients do not have a background in writing and are stumped when it comes to developing a manuscript. Some may have physical challenges that prevent them from penning a book themselves. Others simply don’t have the time required to create a work of art. I believe that’s what books are — word art.
Works of Art, Painted with Words
I have ghostwritten in just about every genre while working the world of words for more than thirty-five years. I’ve watched the evolution of writing and publishing throughout each decade and have learned so much about the art of writing and launching books. It enables me to bring a lot of advice and industry knowledge to the table.
I’m often asked why I ghostwrite for others, developing books for clients without any official credit. I do it because there is a need, and I can help. I care about adding to the body of literature and am called to assist. I’m simply part of a team — your team — and my specialty just happens to be writing and editing.
Training in Word Art
Some writers have a natural talent, an innate perception of how words work in sentence structure. But honing their craft requires ongoing training. A ghostwriter should be highly educated and highly experienced. A degree in English is just the start — as the industry continues to evolve, and so should a ghostwriter’s skill sets.
There are various types of writing to study — expository, persuasive, narrative, descriptive, technical and poetic, for example. Ghostwriters should have a solid grasp of the conventions of English, of course, but also the nuances of sequence and chronological order, classification, definition, process, description, comparison, problems and solution, cause and effect, and human psychology. What makes the characters tick? What hooks a reader? A ghostwriter ensures the elements within a story arc are compelling.
Within the intro, body, and conclusion of a manuscript are dramatic elements too. Scenes, setting, plot, subplots, protagonists, antagonists — these moving parts require mastery of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and transitions.
Yes, there’s a lot to the craft, and the paintbrush is a keyboard. I’m in the middle of a master’s degree in digital media because so many of my author clients are self-publishing. I continue to study the latest books on the bestseller lists — the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon, USA Today, and Indiebound. This ensures I’ll continue to be the best word artist possible.
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