Thanks to online technologies, freelance ghostwriting is an exceptionally easy industry to get into. However, it takes a great deal of hard work and determination to actually be successful. Unfortunately, too many people assume that it’s all roses and cash. The reality of writing online is that it can be extremely difficult on the author. As I approach my five-year anniversary of my professional career, I have discovered several truths that you need to address.
If you don’t know by now, I am a fan of Wattpad.com. Not only is it a great place to find new favorite authors, but it can be a great way to open the doors for a new writer. One of my favorite aspects of the system is the ability to write fan fiction. Without worrying about copyright infringements or legal repercussions, you can embellish on your favorite fictional landscapes. Here is why I think this is important for new writers.
When I first started writing creative pieces years ago, I was excited to have someone in the family read them. It’s not necessarily that I wanted a critique of my work, but more of the ego boost. Most of the time, friends and family are going to tell you what you want to hear regarding the story. Unfortunately, this can often lead to a hellish snowball for the artist. I’m not saying that family can’t be good critics. However, it will influence their judgement.
As a ghostwriter, you will undoubtedly come across clients who you can’t seem to satisfy no matter what you do. While some will belittle your work, others may seem downright forceful. When you have aggressive clients such as this, it’s vastly important to keep your cool. Bare in mind, you’ll never please 100% of the people 100% of the time. As long as you put your best foot forward, that is all that really matters.
As a ghostwriter, you need to come to terms that the workflow will at some point slow. Just like any other industry, there will be ups and downs in the flow of available jobs. While these lulls can be very hard on you financially, you shouldn’t let them prevent you from being productive. In fact, there are a number of things you can be doing when there is no work available.