At 80, Philip Roth finally hung it up as a writer, or so he says. But since most of us writers tend to need to write, we will probably bunk into Roth again, maybe with another book or maybe just with some essays published in brandname media properties.
But, in general, the writing world has shifted to Millennials, at least much of it. The technology is part of the reason. Millennials easily mastered not only digital technology for text but also for the all-important graphic elements like photos, video, and infographics. In addition, the default in speechwriting has been for both corporations and politicos to only want those under-30. That group has down cold what language is cool, too cool, and not cool enough.
But ghostwriting, which has recovered strongly from the depression it had endured in the 21st century, has been a gold mine for Baby Boomers. We are valued for our experience with diverse kinds of styles. We know exactly how to sound for a corporate leader, management consultant, thought leader on the way up, and iconoclastic entrepreneur.
In addition, we don't need recognition, other than the good things which get passed around about us via word of mouth. So, we sign NDAs (non disclosure agreements) without asking for any changes in the terms and conditions.
I can live well on the revenues from ghostwriting. Here and there I still put together a keynote speech for a head of a trade association or an entrepreneur accepting an award. Also, there is scriptwriting for videos. And, of course, I can play all I want in the blog, Twitter, and Facebook sandbox.
Initially, the dynamics of Schumpeter or creative destruction took me by surprise. Fortunately, we Baby Boomers have plenty of conditioning for change, ranging from overthrowing Eisenhower family values to leaving the Counterculture behind and going to work for the Fortune 500.