Bloggers and writers are motivated to write for different reasons. Some, foolishly or not, have grandiose plans of changing the world through their writings. Others are more practical and put pen to paper for their own personal intentions.
Without scientific data to back me up, itâ€™s a good guess that most writers and wannabes belong to the latter category. Writing fills different needs, and there are many, too many to take up in a short post. So weâ€™ll talk about ghostwriting and online writers communities. One is a method and the other an entity, each as different from the other as sun is to moon, yet worthwhile comparing for their purpose and participants.
Ghostwriting or ghostblogging is a job. You write a story, book, poem, essay or blog post for someone who claims credit for it. That someone may be a politician, a company executive, people who have blogs but have difficulty putting their ideas into words or are too busy to do it, or just about anybody who wants or needs written work and contracts another person to do it. Scientific research and the medical industry employ a lot of surrogate writers. Blog posts and academic essays are popular requests especially from people who donâ€™t have the inclination to research a topic or are pressed for time. The essence of being a ghostwriter is, you are not the author of what you have written and you have a legal or tacit confidentiality agreement with the contractor. Payment for this type of job varies, depending on many factors: your reputation in the industry, your competency, the type and length of work required, how technical it is, and even from what country you are located. Unlike plagiarism, ghostwriting is an accepted, legitimate and noble trade. It is widely practiced everywhere and in all industries.
As a stand-in writer, you have to agree to the conditions of the work. If a book you have written becomes a bestseller or a blog post goes viral, you cannot come out of the woodwork and proclaim you wrote it. Keep it mind that you are writing for the money, not the applause.
Online writers communities, on the other hand, are for writers of all types who want a venue to publish their work and be read by other people. Members can post their own stories, poems, articles and books under their own names or chosen pseudonym. Here, other members or users can critique your work and you can comment on otherâ€™s works, too. Itâ€™s a great place for meeting like-minded people, learning and improving your craft through advice and workshops.
The downside is, youâ€™re competing with thousands of other writers for readership. So be prepared not to get any visitors. Some communities donâ€™t have tracking devices and unless a reader makes a comment, you wouldnâ€™t know if your story was ever even scanned. And, unlike in ghostwriting, you are giving away your book or story for free. The best way to attract readers is to find out which genres are most popular in a website for writers and write something in that genre. And if youâ€™re a snob and picky about the company you choose to be with, read the published stories first and get a glimpse of the writersâ€™ skills. There are more writer-pretenders than real writers or bloggers.
Ghostwriting and putting up your work on an online writers community fills different needs. You do the former for the money and the latter for creative expression and maybe break into the field and be discovered. One thing they do have in common is, you need the basic skills in grammar and sentence construction to be able to do both successfully.