This is a brief and likely to be poorly edited post. I do not believe in the idea that inspiration is necessary to write. And I do not mean that in the basest way possible. I do not believe that inspiration is necessary to write well either. You are either a writer or you are not.
My computer background is a quote from Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” Truer words have never been spoken.
I think to be a successful ghostwriter you must reconcile yourself to this very early on in the process, but the reality is this: if you want to write as a career in any form or fashion, you must be able to write to deadline. Deadlines do not wait for the breeze to bring a scent that reminds you of someone. (Though in a more general sense, never discount the power of scent memory, like WOW. Perhaps more about this in a later post.)
Back to topic. The only thing that inspired the greatest novels you have ever read is the will to write. I’ve often heard people say some variation of “There are millions of brilliant novels that have never been written.” No. there are not. The only novels that are great are ones that have been written. (Apologies for the excessive use of italicized emphasis, and come to think of it, for the excessive use of parentheses. I can’t help it I love parentheses!)
So stop waiting. Open your laptop and do it. It will probably be bad. That is okay. Most first drafts are, but the final version can’t exist without the initial attempt.
How many words do you write a day? I’m curious. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @shutupcabbage. For the record, when I’m ghostwriting I do 5,000. When I’m working on my own writing I do 2,000.