Sure, you're not getting the credit for the work. But a big paycheck is a big paycheck. And if you're a good writer, you can take pride in the fact that your words are helping someone tell their story. So don't sell yourself short as a ghostwriter. You're a writer and you're getting paid to do what you love.
The short answer is yes. And no.
Creative people are constantly asked to weigh their artistic integrity against their need for an income. But what if using your creative talent in a marketable way – i.e., “selling out” – actually opens doors for you to accomplish personal artistic goals as well?
Let’s take a look at some ghostwriting-specific pros and cons:
The pros definitely outweigh the cons here, and because your ghostwriting work will all be hush-hush, you can keep putting yourself out there as a writer without there being any obvious conflict of interest that might confuse your fans: You can blog silently for a law firm and still be the edgy sci-fi writer your followers are rooting for publicly. It’s the best of both worlds.
Do you agree? Disagree? Tell us below how you balance ghostwriting with other projects.