Why ghost-writers are the best assurance against literary stage fright
Who are the aspiring authors out there? It could be anyone who has a story to tell, or an experience to share. The most frequent hick-up is when literary stage fright takes over. Most of us can tell a story, or particularly, our own life story. Each one of us constantly acts as the overseeing, ever-present, narrator of experiences that we go through daily.
The trick is, however, to put pen to paper and express those experiences and package it into written copy. This happens when the tropical fruit unavoidably seems to end up in the air conditioner.
- This is the moment an audience begins to materialise – even within one’s own theatre of the mind.
- This is the moment when thoughts have to be structured and conveyed by means of language rules, such as tenses and concorde and the creative power of word-play.
- This is when the wannabe writer has the consciousness of having to compete with established authors “in the market”.
At this stage it seems as if the bar has been set too high – the stage fright kicks in.
However, at this stage during the process the ghost-writer enters the frame. Ghost-writers make it their business (in more sense than one!) to know authors truly on a very different level where few people know them and where they make their inner selves vulnerable – on the level of their text. The way to such textual knowledge
- stems from a rich hands-on experience, mostly as editor and publishing expert, and hopefully as content-creator as well as co-writer to numerous publications and projects;
- includes the following skill-set: becoming attuned to a particular writer’s mannerisms, unique word-structure, grammatical choices and how they apply concepts to reach their goals and aspirations.
Therefore, ghost-writers become more than literary consultants.
- They spend time with their client’s text and get to know the structure of the narrative as well as the deeper internal excavations of the sub-text.
- They act thereby as word-coaches guiding writers to express their inner-self.
- They help aspiring as well as established writers to bring the context for their narrative into contact with the life-world and basic needs of a specific target group of intended readers.
Ghost-writers therefore provide structure and literary sensibility to a concept on its journey of meaning to be transformed into text and content with the eventual aim to deliver a best-seller. The whole process, however, begins with someone having a story to tell the world “out there”. Do you have a story?
The best way to beat the stage fright is: start to write.