I offer a bespoke writing, editing and consultancy service for businesses and organisations of all kinds.
You can contact me here.
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. – Sholem Asch
I’ve had a varied career. Fun for me, and good for you. After acquiring the basics of good English at grammar school, I set off to be a scientist. Somehow, though, a series of detours took me into advertising, photography, graphics, mathematics, electronics and finally museum curatorship before I retired to become a freelance writer.
During my 11 years as a Science Museum curator I learned a lot about writing clearly and convincingly. I found out how fast people can read. How much detail they can take in at one time. What makes them walk away.
While at the museum I also wrote some popular books about technology. They are still best-sellers. I wrote labels for exhibits (more difficult than it sounds). And I designed and wrote electronic information points that had to work for children as well as adults.
Writing for children was great training. Adults will plough through pages of bad writing if it's part of their job. Children will just give up and do something else.
But adults aren’t children, so it's fortunate that I also had to write proposals, reports and academic articles. That taught me how to combine clarity with gravitas, to persuade without cajoling and keep people reading however dull the subject.
I’ve also written a lot of articles for New Scientist and Physics World, whose editors demand accuracy but expect entertainment.
So if you’re looking for someone who can write well to a tight brief, or help your own people to do so, do get in touch. Good writing can provide an extra something that pushes a project towards success. But to get good writing you need a good writer.
That could be me.
Find out more from my Author Hotline page.