I struggle writing my own ‘About Page.’ Now when you read what I do, you’ll laugh. How can a writer struggle writing their own stuff? And then admit it in public?
Sounds like a bad business move.
But I think it helps me understand you, and why you might be here.
It can be hard to write about our businesses, our organisations, our projects or ourselves.
Sometimes it’s because we don’t like talking about ourselves. Plain and simple. Particularly in Australia, we believe in equality and we are quite happy to take you down if we think you’re arrogant. Growing up in this kind of culture, it’s no wonder we’re just a bit reluctant to start talking about our skills and success stories.
Sometimes, it’s because you just don't have the time. There are so many things to do with limited resources. Budgets get cut, staff leave and don’t get replaced. New projects get added. Finding time to get the words out just isn’t going to happen right now.
Sometimes it’s because you’ve been working on this for – like – ages, and can’t see it clearly anymore. (And, let’s admit it, you’d just like it to go away! Couldn’t someone else just come in and finish this off?)
Sometimes, it's just not what you’re good at – getting words out. You have lots of other great skills (ones I don’t have) but writing doesn’t come so easily. And if you have to sit staring at the keyboard another minute longer…well, it might just get a bit ugly!
I can write loads and loads of words for you. I mean I can literally sit down at the keyboard and fill pages for you. I write whatever you need, for which ever audience we’re targeting.
I was that annoying kid in Year 12 exams.
It’s two hours into a three-hour exam. Other kids are staring out the window, chewing the end of a pen. Others have their heads on the desk, looking like they’re asleep.
Well, hmmm…I’m the one with my hand in the air asking for more paper to write on.
There’s more I need to say to answer the question.
Luckily as I went on to write for work, I learnt those words can be as short or as long as we need. If you check out my blog you’ll see I value – and edit – for simplicity and clarity.
It took me a while though to realise that I might be a bit odd; that not everyone else finds getting the words out easy. There were little clues along the way. Clues which told me, maybe, just maybe, this whole writing thing was something I had which could help.
When I was pretty new to the public service, the surprise and delight in my branch manager’s voice when she walked across the floor to ask me if I had written the speech in her hand. The surprise was because I hadn’t written any public service speeches before, and the delight was because she didn’t have to edit it. It was good to go.
The lovely email from the editor at the publishing house for my first book. She was thrilled with my manuscript draft. There was very little for her to edit, and that makes an editor happy! (The five stars from the notoriously difficult San Francisco Book Review for a later book was also really nice too.)
When I told my former boss, I was leaving she described me in two simple sentences. The two things which meant so much to her in managing a busy organisation. She said, “You can write. And you can make decisions.”
So, at last I listened to what I was being told. Now, I'm a freelance content writer. I’m here to get those words out.
Since 2009, I've been helping you communicate your messages and get your story out there. My clients have included businesses, museums, governments and not-for-profit organisations.
In that time I have written 350,000 words, too many to list here! Some examples of my work are:
- Researched, wrote, designed and installed exhibition content for 15,000 visitors at a two-day festival.
- Wrote four books and had pieces in two anthologies.
- Ran a large community consultation project and wrote the analytical report.
- Written media releases, blog posts and web copy.
- Been a story consultant for film makers.
I think being good at what you do is the best testimonial you can have. My clients are happy, and I often get repeat business.
What that means for you is that you get an experienced writer with a track record of delivery who cares about you, as the client, and you, as the reader.
I produce you good content, quickly.
I'm not witty or sarcastic. I don't swear to get your attention. I write good, honest, straightforward words.
I value simplicity and clarity, and I think readers do to.
For whatever reason, when you need those words I’m here at the keyboard and I can get the words out there where they should be.
Find out more
Learn about my books here
I'm over on Linked-In here
(+61) 0466 818 754