Hiring A Ghostwriter Doesn’t Make You Less Of A Thinker


Hi there,

You are a particular type of person: someone who should consider hiring a ghostwriter. I know you pretty well because I’ve worked with others like you. You’re what people call a natural-born leader. And whether you openly express it or not, you also feel that you are a thinker whose potential is not necessarily being expressed.

I just want to tell you that I think you’re right. Please allow me to explain.

When you walk into a room, you effortlessly charge the atmosphere. People notice you, talk to you, and become visibly affected by your presence. When you have an idea, you attract people with specific skill sets who can execute your vision concretely. Your behaviour, interaction style, and interests all seem to reflect some kind of powerful moral core. You are like a bonfire that people naturally gather around for safety, comfort, direction, and delight.

But here’s the thing: if someone asked you to write out your mission in a handful of sentences, you would probably hit a wall. You might even feel ashamed. It seems strange that you intuitively understand your mission—and you live it out ferociously—but the task of reducing it to a few dry lines on a page seems like an insurmountable task. At times, the fact that you have both a purpose-centered personality and a difficult relationship with writing strikes you as a cruel joke of nature. Because like many leaders, you have no shortage of ideas—huge ideas, inspiring ideas—and a burning need to express them. But while communication of these feelings and ideas can flow naturally in conversation, it is only with great difficulty and limited success that you are able to actively ‘put it all into words’ or write your thoughts down.

Is it possible to be a great thinker who isn’t a great writer? Yes, yes, oh my goodness…yes.

Can I tell you something? I love working with people like you. Hiring a ghostwriter might be difficult for you because you don’t want to feel like a fraud. You believe that being a ‘real’ thinker means you have to bear the whole burden of expressing your ideas on your own. And it might very well be that you fear I will think you are dumb. But nothing could be further from the truth. When I am allowed to support your work by finding the right words or stories to express your vision, I love witnessing the way it super-charges your sense of purpose. Your difficulties don’t make you seem less capable or inspired; rather, you strike me as a superhero who is learning to access more power. Hiring a ghostwriter is really all about unlocking your potential, not outsourcing key components of your leadership. Yeah, I might help you to translate your vision into sentences and paragraphs…but you’re still the one who dreamed it up.

So please. Believe me. If you hate writing, it doesn’t make you less of a leader, a thinker, or an inspired teacher. If you’re thinking about hiring a ghostwriter, don’t consider it an admission of failure. Frankly, it might mean that you have better things to do, people to talk to, or places to go. It takes a lot of energy to fuel action. So go do more of that. And afterwards, if you don’t have energy leftover for writing that blog, speech, or book, don’t beat yourself up about it. But do make sure someone else—perhaps a ghostwriter like me—is helping you to articulate and record all of the ideas you’ve generated by living a life of action. What you have to say could matter to a lot of people out there.

Respectfully & affectionately yours,


PS. I’ve written more about this stuff when I described my work as a ghostwriter. Check it out here.

[Author: Kristin van Vloten]

November 6, 2014

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