What is Ghostwriting?

Sometimes it just seems impossible to do something on our own. There is either too much work or there is not enough time. Often, a combination of both is more than enough to have a single person overwhelmed. In such situations, the best thing to do is ask for help. 

Whenever we have too much, offloading work to others is the best course of action. This is a very common concept that is employed in industries that rely on written or typed text. Ghostwriting is a common practice when one doesn’t have the know-how or time to write their own texts. Here is more about the topic.

Ghostwriting – When You Don’t Have the Time or Skill

Not everybody has 48 hours in a 24-hour day, but some people find a way. A famous example from the history of popular literature, particularly modern, was Tom Clancy. At one point,  his novels were selling so much that the demand grew beyond his abilities to write. Several ghostwriters were hired to write novels in the Tom Clancy style. 

One writer cannot write as many novels as Tom Clancy did at the time, or rather, as other authors did in his stead. Writing novels is not the only place where we see ghostwriting come up as a job.

Non Fiction Work – Autobiographies, Speeches, Guides

Non-fiction work is frequently subject to ghostwriting, mostly because the people who need the books or speeches are not writers themselves. Autobiographies are frequently written by ghostwriters. Speeches are also typically written by other people, or even teams of people, depending on the importance of the speech.

Other types of works such as guides and how-to books can be written by others. An expert carpenter might not be an expert writer and the same goes for any other expert in a certain area.

Academic Work – Shades of Gray

There is a bit of a problem with academic work and ghostwriting, mostly because the person who publishes the work is supposed to be the one who does the work. Universities will likely frown upon it but in most countries, it is legal to have a ghostwriter do the writing instead of the actual researcher.

This way, the researcher can focus on the work and the presentation, if there should be one, while the writing, which is often considered to have way too much formality. Dedicated writers are much better in these types of jobs.

Music – Lyrics and Even Music

Some performers do not write their own lyrics. There are even talented bands, who are musically great, but their lyrics are written by a dedicated lyricist. On another hand, there are performers who have everything from the music to the lyrics written for them. 

This is a topic of controversy in the music world, even though it has been around for decades.


Ghostwriting is writing any type of written work instead of another person. That can be anything from fiction, non-fiction, music, academy work, and even website content. It is a common way to maximize performance and time and is a good job opportunity for writers.