7. Study Hall: Ghostwriting
Written by Alex Sujong Laughlin, this piece wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, although I’m not sure what that is exactly. I think I thought this essay was going to be on ghostwriting as an industry, which it touched on, and not a personal essay that, amongst many things, discusses social media as ghostwriting. I figured I would read more about how ghostwriting, as Sujong Laughlin writes, “required me to displace myself, even in my own mind, to center another perspective,” but I was pleasantly surprised by the rest.
I often think about my voice in this column, how it has changed over the years, how I currently want it to change. It is easy for me to have these lists published week after week, but I’m petrified at the thought of the writing I’m most excited by ever seeing the light of day. I’ve yet to finish the first decade of my adult life. Reading how Sujong Laughlin “spent the first decade of my adult life finding the words to describe experiences I haven’t had, places I haven’t been, and people I’ll never meet,” made me wonder how I will look at my writing now in ten years.