Ghostwriting Tip: Expertise?

Ghostwrite ad imageIf you are a writer seeking to learn how to write for others, as others, my online program Learn to Ghost will help you get started and succeed as a ghostwriter. Here is a free excerpt from the ebook Doing the Work, which is part of the Learn to Ghost program.

Unless the subject of the book is highly technical or written for readers with specialized knowledge, it isn’t necessary to use a ghostwriter with expertise in the topic. A ghostwriter may know little or nothing about the subject, and this can actually be a good thing, and work to the book’s advantage. This is because the ghostwriter will be coming from the same place as the readers. She or he will want to know the same things.

Haiku Friday: Rain

GardnersToday my haiku is from August 7th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days, for Gardeners, Tree-Huggers, and Other Nature Lovers, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Rain”

the sound of water
that smell of rain on dry earth
it’s time to wake up

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: My Bed

IMG_0013Alex Terrgi here. I have a bed of my very own. It’s where I take my daytime naps. (At night I sleep on the bed my human and I share.) My daytime bed is warm and fits my body perfectly, no matter what position I curl in. But the thing I like best about it is its smell. It smells like me. (This is not surprising because it is covered with my hairs.) The bed belonged to my sister Goody Beagle before me, and even three years after her death some of her special beagly smell still surrounds me and reminds me of how much I loved her. When The Cat was alive she sometimes stole my bed, so it smells like her too, and even though it made me mad when she stole my bed, I kind of like being reminded of The Cat, especially because now she’s no longer here to make me mad. My bed also smells like the bits of food that drop off my beard now and then.

Mostly my bed smells like home. It smells like love. I hope you love your bed too. It makes a big difference to your outlook on life.

Haiku Friday: Webs

GardnersToday my haiku is from August 7th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days, for Gardeners, Tree-Huggers, and Other Nature Lovers, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Webs”

the end of summer
pale light on faded roses
spider webs sprouting

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Ghostwriting Tip: What It Takes

Ghostwrite ad imageIf you are a writer seeking to learn how to write for others, as others, my online program Learn to Ghost will help you get started and succeed as a ghostwriter. Here is a free excerpt from the ebook Doing the Work, which is part of the Learn to Ghost program.

What does it take to be a ghost? First, you must be aware that writing for yourself is different than ghostwriting. A ghost needs to write compelling prose that is close to another person’s voice, not their own. You need to put your ego in the background and write what is important to your client, in a way he or she might say it – only better. This skill involves more than writing ability. You must be able to ask penetrating questions that elicit sparkling stories and deep emotions. You must be able to listen compassionately to the answers, and then delve even deeper. You must be able to translate what you find in someone else’s head into written words that convey someone else’s truth. You must be fiercely dedicated to producing an excellent work of art, yet recognize that this work does not belong to you. A ghost is a different kind of writer. Not all good writers make good ghosts.

Haiku Friday: Dust

GardnersToday my haiku is from August 7th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days, for Gardeners, Tree-Huggers, and Other Nature Lovers, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Dust”

faint raindrops soft thuds
puffs of dust rise in welcome
the summer earth smiles

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Why to Like Little Boys

Portrait of cute little boy covered in mud
Alex Terrgi here. I have a new walker-lady, who takes me on walks when my human can’t. I like my new lady. The best part about her is that she sometimes brings her little boy with her on our walks. He is 6 years old, and I’ve gotta say that 6-year old boys are some of the best humans on the planet.

Here are 10 reasons why:

  1. They like to run.
  2. They like to get dirty.
  3. They like to make noise.
  4. They make up their own rules to games.
  5. They like to play chase.
  6. They like to throw balls and sticks.
  7. They don’t care if you bring the balls and sticks back or not.
  8. They share their food.
  9. They are messy when they eat.
  10. They are easy to love.

There are more reasons, but you get the idea. I like little boys.

Haiku Friday: Names

GardnersToday my haiku is from September 4th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days, for Gardeners, Tree-Huggers, and Other Nature Lovers, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Names”

thyme, sage, peppermint,
oregano, rosemary:
fragrant be their names

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. http://bit.ly/HaikuGardners