If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a lover of words, much as I am. The right word or combination of words can be beautiful, emotional, inspiring, heartbreaking. Words can also be wasteful and meaningless. But all words count. All words have power. The power to move us. The power to bore us.
Too often, we may not spend as much time as we might thinking about the words we are speaking or writing. Just allowing words to spew out of our mouths can be wasteful on many levels. Writing just to fill the page is mostly a waste of time and energy. Nonetheless, an obsession with words and their magic is a special thing and worth investing considerable thought and energy.
You may wonder about the correlation between ghostwriting and the beauty of words, but it is very clear to anyone who has done it at a high level. The best ghostwriters use their own words and their own phrasing to put forth an idea or story shared with them by a client and to do so with a respect for those words, even a love of those words. The best ghostwriters do not go through the motions of bringing a client’s story or message to life, but rather commit themselves to combining the best possible words in pursuit of a special book, special article, or whatever special thing is writing.
A writer, just like a speaker, owes it to himself or herself to explore the beauty of words. This is not to say that ten flowery words are better than three simple, well-combined words. More is not necessarily better in our exploration of the beauty of words. And, as a ghostwriter, very often just the opposite is true. There is always a balance between the details we share, the color we describe, even the dialogue we employ.
In writing, we also have to respect our reader. A reader generally does not need us to describe a lamppost, but the light it creates in a certain setting may be exactly the right place to practice the beauty of words.
Lastly, every writer, every ghostwriter must also understand the beauty of the words we don’t express. Overwriting is not a demonstration of our understanding of the beauty of words. Overwriting is just that: you gave the reader more words than they needed or wanted in your pursuit of meaningful expression.
Love the words. Love the beauty of them. Love using them. But like the best ghostwriter, love to use them to their best effect.