My co-worker Ed is visually impaired. He has a seeing-eye dog who has his own blog.
Willie-the-seeing-eye-dog Blog has been in existence for about six months and has had two postings. Willie and his ghost-writer Ed have been too busy to give it the attention it needs.
Ed has asked me to take over the responsibility of ghost-writing for Willie. After all, I'm a writer. How hard could it be to switch from writing fictional characters to channeling a live dog?
I've said yes to writing the blog. But the request reminded me of a simple truth about artists that might not be intuitive. Our abilities tend to be limited to specific genres and forms. Consider dance. A dancer who has trained in hip-hop for years will not be able to pick up a role in classical ballet overnight. While hip-hop and ballet are both forms of dance, the style, mood, and required skills can be very different. This holds true for writing. Just because I'm good at novel-length fiction, it isn't a certainty that I will be good at short stories, poetry, or ghost-writing for a non-verbal creature.
Willie's blog periodically, you may see the ghost of Elizabeth there.