There is a discussion going around the writing blogosphere about whether or not ghostwriting is legitimate.
Updated 8/1/2014: This is one of the earlier posts on WritingThoughts. As a result, many of the links to the ghostwriting discussions on other sites no longer work and have been removed.
Finally, I ran across the topic again on Lillie Amman’s site. Lillie also references a number of posts and articles on ghostwriting. After commenting on Lillie’s site, I decided to bring the topic to WritingThoughts, but with a different twist.
The twist is this: please share with us (either in the comments here, or on your own blog referencing this post) where you would draw the ethical and moral line concerning ghostwriting. In order to keep from tainting the results, I’m going to hold off on publishing my own opinion for a few days (that will be the Part 2 of this article).
If you’ve never thought about it here are a few questions (in no particular order) to get you started:
- Would you completely write a book, play, or other creative work and allow someone else to have the credit?
- Would you write a blog and allow someone else to claim it as their own?
- Would you use a pen name or pseudonym?
- Would you write a nonfiction piece and allow someone (or something as in the case of a company) to have the credit?
- Would you write someone’s term paper for them?
This is not an official meme, per se, but I would sure like to at least hear from the following writers (one way or the other):
- You. That’s right, if you’re reading this and want to share your opinion then I want to hear it.
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