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Ghost Writing Example

Example of Ghost Writing – A Personal Memoir:

John was dressed for school, but on this morning he was hiding behind his bedroom door, waiting for his mother to enter the bathroom. Eugene, John’s older brother, was out of the house, and John had plans; he thought about it all night and anxiously stood waiting to hear the latch which locked his mother in the bathroom.

A few minutes later he heard her lock the door and he tiptoed out from behind his door to the cellar door, and down the stairs; so far the plans were going perfectly.  John knew exactly how long he had to uncover his mother’s stash of alcohol then dump the entire contents of Seagram’s Seven down the storm drain. His eyes, he told me, stared at the liquor flowing in a circular motion down the drain and the liquid made a strange, gurgling noise, as it filtered through the underground pipes. While he emptied the bottles he remembered repeating to himself, “she will never have a drink again, she will never have a drink again, and I will be beaten tonight after school.”

lonely-boyJohn thought at the time he should stay somewhere else that night. He left the empty bottles on the cement floor, quickly, ran up the stairs, turned right and opened the back door. When he reached the porch, he leaped over the wooden rail, and ran like hell through the weeds; weeds taller than him, his small legs flew through a field of weeds taller than him, and he knew the distance consisted of three long city blocks in Brighton, Massachusetts.  Finally he sat down, leaned his head against a stone building which belonged to Saint John of God hospital. He gazed tour with the sky, it appeared to be of beautiful day the sky, blue, like a robin’s egg. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a bent cigarette, stolen from his mother’s pack, struck a match, and took a deep breath while holding the smoke in his lungs until he couldn’t hold his breath any longer.  This would make a child in the second grade ill, but not John, he was stealing cigarettes from his mother’s pack for at least a year.

At that moment all he could think about was what he would be faced with after school, he would take it, he always did.  John knew we had nowhere else to go and his grandmother lived upstairs, his father was left the family home although his mother was still living. John trusted his grandma and new she’d always be there for him. John lit a second cigarette, he kept talking to himself, and “I am already in trouble, so what the heck – another cigarette won’t kill me, but my mother might.”  A seven-year-old dragging on his second cigarette, smashing it with his foot, “The nuns are not going to like the dirt, but, what the hell.”

Dirt looked bad, grass stains were normal for a young boy. He began walking down Summit Avenue.  He quickened his step knowing the nuns had warned him about being late for school, but he knew the principal liked him, they really got to know each other since he spent so much time in the office but he never got kicked out of school. Each step John took he thought to himself, “I will never live past today.” Although John swears he never saw his father drunk, but now when he thinks about it recalls his father staying in bed during the daytime, swallowing a large amount of pills, and complaining he could not fall asleep. He never recalled his father staggering like his mother, from alcohol.

John spent a great amount of time living in the house above his, where his grandmother lived. It was his hideaway when things became rough and fights broke out. John and his older brother would climb the stairs and sit on their grandmother’s couch.


I wanted to share with you, as a ghost writer, a short excerpt of a working manuscript.  This is a true story, soon to be published.  I hope it shows the detail a ghost writer needs to achieve through months of interviews with the story teller.  

Ghost Writing Example was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by Nancy Duci Denofio

One Response to "Ghost Writing Example"

  1. Nancy Duci Denofio  Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 23:40

    A note to the reader – I am sorry about the errors I have noticed due to my new computer and voice to speech, which I use for my longer writing. Unfortunately, I thought I posted the finished section, but as I looked at it after posting, my error, I noticed it was not the finished copy of the story. There are some places where the voice was never heard, dropping off the edge of the earth – I love the program, but if you post the wrong one, this is what it looks like. You must be careful, I keep telling myself the same thing… over, and over again. Sincerely, Nancy


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