Is Using a Ghostwriting Service Cheating?

Ghostwriting Services - Good or Bad

Image from Wikimedia

An interesting concern was presented to me by a website visitor recently and even a friend of mine (a couple months ago). The matter goes something like this: Is using a ghostwriting service cheating?

I feel that in certain cases it can be a little deceitful, such as writing an essay or paper for college students that are getting graded on the project. (And that is something Wordszilla will not do.) But for most other projects, such as writing a book or website content, I don’t feel that it is “cheating,” as most people in any field are assisted with their writing skills.

As the Wikipedia page for a ghostwriter points out, individuals such as celebrities or people that do not have the time or writing prowess hire ghostwriters to help draft or even finalize books.

There are probably arguments for and against ghostwriting, with both featuring valid points. But is helping someone write something, whether it be a novel or autobiography, really unethical?

To me, the whole point of getting something written is to get it done—to communicate a message. Unless you’re getting it graded by a professor, where you’re expected to have come up with the ideas and write it yourself, shouldn’t you use the best resources you can to have the best product?

I don’t do website design myself because I want my website to look professional. I wouldn’t fix my car if it had engine trouble because I want it to run smoothly. Sometimes I go out to a restaurant to eat because I don’t have time to cook. But it’s still my website, my car, and I don’t go hungry (see: my softish midsection).

Every now and then, it’s about the end results. I believe that, as long as you’re not going around stating that you didn’t have any help with your book or project, it’s not cheating. There are editors, publishers, and numerous individuals that have say on what the content should be. A ghostwriter is just another source to help.

Of course, if you feel differently, please feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below. I’d like to read different theories on the matter.

Ghostwriting Services - Editing ServicesLuis D. Bonilla
luis@wordszilla.com
Wordszilla, LLC

Tags: ,

3 Responses to “Is Using a Ghostwriting Service Cheating?”

  1. MBD says:

    When you want something as important as your opinion or story to be put into words, you’d better have it done right the first time. Like the saying goes, “You only get one chance to make a first impression!” Thank you for your services!

  2. That’s a good way of putting it, Sam. Good ol’ fashion teamwork (for a nominal fee).

  3. Sam says:

    It’s called teamwork. It’s how the real world operates. That’s my opinion. :)

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.