Writing Wednesday: Get the Ghoul Out, “Ghost” Writer!


Writing Wednesday:

Get the Ghoul Out, “Ghost” Writer!


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

In celebration of Halloween, I thought I’d take a spin on the traditional meaning of ghost writer, which is: 

ghost writer


a person who writes for another person who is named or presumed to be the author.

Ready to be a ghoul?

Why not write a ghost story?

Yes, yes… I know. We can’t all be Stephen King (there must be a reason why his name is “King” in the first place, right?). But, we can all conjure up a spirit-filled tale if we put our headless heads together!

In spite of the sugary treats that may tempt us outdoors tonight, might I also suggest retiring to an eerily quiet room for less than an eternity (yes, a half-hour will do) and write a short, but scary story?

Write an epitaph. A haunting. An ode to a relative who has long passed. Or perhaps you’d much prefer a psychological thriller with murder, blood, and guts to “zombify” your readers? The more graphic, the better. Anything goes as long as it tingles the spine.

Who says Halloween is all about costumes and candy? Who needs cavities anyway? Write this Wednesday—and get the ghoul out.

(And while you’re at it, save a Snickers bar for me.)

Happy Halloween!

My son, Michael, ready for his treasure hunt tonight! Trick or Treat!


My daughter, Mercedes, ready to make a spell and brew some trouble! Happy Halloween!


What’s the scariest story you’ve ever read?

What are your plans this Halloween?



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