Words

Words, words everywhere...

I am passionate about words and how they can make a person feel.

Words are everywhere and we are bombarded with messages wherever we look – from street signs to shop fronts, packaging and printed materials to digital messages conveyed through smart phones, smart speakers, tablets and so on. The list is endless!

In a world saturated with words and messages, often there is only limited opportunities to hit the mark – so you need to get it right first time – and that’s where I can help.

 

My story

I've always felt passionately about writing and the written word. As a child I often penned short stories, and made them into little books with drawings. My first, 'The Bear and the Honey', which I wrote at the age of six is still in my possession - although its looking a bit tired and battered these days! This was, of course, long before the days of Kindle's and E-readers and the internet was still in its infancy.

I studied for a BA (Hons) in English and Media Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, and after a short stint in publishing, went back to full time academia to study for an MA in Heritage Management, which I passed with a Distinction.

My career in heritage, museums and the arts was very varied but enabled me to develop a broad skillset. I have worked in marketing and PR for a regional art gallery, written interpretive and online content for small and medium sized heritage sites; and proofread and edited statutory documents for English Heritage, amongst other things.

After a career break to look after my family, I worked on a consultancy basis with Lifecycle Marketing as the Area Manager of a local website aimed at the family market. It was through this role that I was able to develop skills in online content creation, SEO optimisation, social media management and blogging. This role evolved and eventually saw me becoming Editor of Families Solent East Magazine and Families Online South East Hampshire - both thriving and successful businesses - one of course in print and the other online, so I get the best of both worlds!

Oddly, I still prefer to do my creative writing with a pencil and paper first - a weird quirk of being a writer I guess!

 

How it works

My content creation can make your words work for you. It’s all very well writing something that reads beautifully and works in print, but online content is a definite skill that requires not just engaging and meaningful prose but the ability to be optimised and searchable.

The creative process is very much two-way – following an initial discussion and briefing, I will see how I can help your business and formulate a proposal and quote. Once the quote is agreed we can begin to work together. I will begin a process of research and familiarising myself with your business, audience and products and will work up a first draft. We’ll work together during the editing process to refine the content, and voila – we’ll have ourselves a final, sparkly, brand new piece of content that shines.

And, like the end of every great story…everyone lives happily ever after!

Ready to create content?

Contact me for information about my services and a no-obligation quote.