The one consolation when I did that final travel writing project more than 20 years ago was that there are even worse things that people do and call themselves writers. Most business “writing” falls in this category, for reimbursement goes well beyond the free accommodations given to travel writers in exchange for lying. In most, if not all, business writing you are being paid directly or indirectly to lie to promote clients who do harm.
The next step down is ghost-writing – which is a way out for people scared to death of their own stories.
And one step below reducing yourself to another person’s ghost is the pretentious falsification of what is real in the name of fiction.
At the bottom is falsification of your own story.
I speak not just as an observer. I speak with the authority only a once active alcoholic has when speaking of alcoholism.