Getting Schooled on Grammar By a Porn Ghostwriter-Seeking “John”

blog january 5th 2019


I debuted my skills as a freelancing writer this winter and wanted to test the waters to see if anyone was interested in having me ghostwrite their book for them. I had a few people interested but I’ve also had some hilarious feedback and criticism of my work. Criticism is the nature of the beast and I am well armed when it comes to other’s critiquing my work. I am no stranger to having others dismiss my writing and I have a pretty strong backbone but this experience was definitely one to write about.

Many of you know that when I first started writing I started out as an erotica writer. I wrote erotica pieces as far back as 2008 but only started publishing them in 2016. Granted, I wasn’t really one hundred percent invested in my writing brand back then, I was still new to the business, and I was learning the ropes of my future profession. The erotica, although have strong storylines and expertly written sex scenes, they aren’t scholarly written, they also weren’t written by a knuckle-dragging beast either. Despite my minor grammar flubs back in the day, the pieces were still pretty strong, in my opinion. I definitely don’t like going back reading my erotica because I have always hated the genre and they are definitely not my strongest pieces as a writer.

I often wonder why people choose to ghostwrite instead of writing their own book but I don’t judge. I, after all, need the money and it would be an easy way to get cash to fund my own pursuits. This brings to me the point of writing today’s blog.

I sent a proposal out for someone who was looking for a ghostwriter to write an erotica novel. I sent out my specifications and my sample writing and she sent me this long winded reason for not choosing my piece focusing on things that had nothing to do with the actual story. I was giggling to myself for several reasons. First of all, this is erotica writing, if you didn’t get hot reading the story and all you’re focused on is the “there, their, they’re” mission, you’re doing it wrong! I just found her reply to be humorous and of course, she isn’t familiar with my more up to date writings and publishings. I also think it’s funny that if you are such an expert, why aren’t you writing the book yourself?

To me, as a writer, having published several serious pieces since the years of erotica, the editing is the last thing to worry about. That is the final stages of writing. I’m more concerned with the characters, plot, story structure, etc. If you’re just lost in the grammar then A. You aren’t a writer, you’re a reader, and B. No wonder you need someone to ghostwrite your work! Because writers don’t judge on grammar and mechanics, only reading critics do! Every mentor I have ever had, every teacher I have ever had in creative writing always told me the same thing. They always told me “Oh, the story was so good! We can always clean up the grammar later!” If you’re sending me a page long rant on things that have nothing to do with the story itself, you’re an even more rank amateur than you claim me to be!

If you find potential in the work, the mechanics and grammar are an easy fix. The woman was just looking for an excuse to tell me she wasn’t interested and that was her way of denying the proposal when simply saying “no thanks” or even a lack of response would’ve sufficed plenty.

This world is moving much too fast these days. I strongly feel that this world is always focused on the wrong things in life and that is why so many people are miserable and unhappy. People need to slow down, appreciate the process, appreciate potential and work with someone towards making them the best possible writer they can be instead of dismissing someone’s work over a passive voice┬áslip up or some other minor fix. There is nothing wrong with finding potential in someone’s writing and working with them to make an excellent piece. Instead, people are so quick to crucify others and pat themselves on the back when they have pointed out another person’s flaws and called them out on it. How about having some empathy and considering what the writer is going through? Maybe that person can’t afford an editor and rely on their own self-editing to get by. I was doing my own self-editing with the erotica. It’s not a good idea to self-edit your own work but not many people are willing to edit erotica without their stomach churning. For my current publishings, I now have several editors and my work is a lot tighter and stronger. If grammar was this individual’s strong suit, couldn’t it be his or her position to oversee editing? Or was her position in the ghostwriting duo like the sex in my story? She just lays there as I give it to her. Eh, lol.