A ghost writer is someone who writes in another person’s name. For instance, a newspaper might think it’s great to have a famous person write a regular column. But the famous person can’t string words together. So a skilled journalist does the writing for him, usually in secrecy.
It’s this mysterious, secret element that earns this task the title of “ghost writer”. I’ve been a ghost writer for some famous people, including John Laws. While it’s fun putting words in another person’s mouth, it’s also a big responsibility to understand the person’s way of thinking and expressing him/herself.