Ghost Writing

One of the movies most hotly tipped to win awards this year is full of ghosts.

After watching it, I drew this, from a publicity photo. It shows a scene in which one of the ghosts pops a head around the door while the main character is getting changed.

Ghosts are a time-honoured story-telling device. They get stories out of characters who would otherwise stand mutely on stage.

By conversing with ghosts, people get to say what would otherwise never be said.

Sometimes I work as a ghost-writer. It’s much like being a journalist: I talk to people, so they can get the words out. Then we put the words on paper.

If you find writing painful, try speaking into your phone – as if speaking to a ghost. Save the recording, and use AI to transcribe it.