You are probably familiar with the obvious definitions of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction, it is said, is predicated upon such things as plot, settings, and characters, all care of your imagination. Whereas non-fiction relies upon actual facts about real people and even more real events.
These are good definitions, to be sure, but what is most fascinating from a top-flight ghostwriter perspective is that the definitions overlap in the most interesting and useful ways.
When we have a client wishing to write that special novel that has long been in his or her head, we spend considerable time brainstorming the storyline, giving life to the characters, and creating settings that fit the former in the most effective way.
Interestingly, when we have a client interested in writing their memoir or biography, there is still a storyline; it just happens to follow the client’s life and can be as captivating as any piece of fiction. There are still characters, and the primary character has lived the storyline. We treat the development of that character very much as we would a made-up character from a thriller or mystery. There are still settings; they are the places where the client has lived his or her life and become who they are.
With both fiction and non-fiction, the job of a world-class ghostwriter, like those you’ll find at Mark Graham Communications and Graham Publishing Group, is to take the reader on a journey, to drop them into scenes where all five senses are stimulated, and to bring to life the story in such a way that the reader is completely invested.
Novels, it is said, thrive on conflict and jeopardy. Well, so does your life and mine and anyone choosing to bring their personal story to life. They say that fiction can never hold a candle to a great biography because there is nothing more compelling than the truth. A skillful ghostwriter knows this.
Non-fiction is never contrived; it’s the real deal, how can it be contrived? Fiction is very often contrived because the writer is so dead set on making every part of his or her plot that it often becomes obvious to the reader. A professional ghostwriter is aware of the trap at every turn and works closely with his or her client to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Lastly, a great piece of fiction has pace and flow that grabs the reader and carries them page to page, chapter to chapter. Don’t think that a great piece of non-fiction is any different. The beauties and challenges of fiction are very often the same in a work of non-fiction. That’s what makes both so much fun.