People often say to me: “Oh, so you must be good with words.”
In a loose way that’s probably true.
I am good with words.
I like words a lot.
I like words that confound expectations – I mean, why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word? That’s a terrible dad joke, I know. But I am a dad – so I assume that’s OK.
For me, it’s not so much about the words themselves as the communication they provide.
That’s my passion, using words to meet people where they are. The thrill of putting together a piece of writing that eliminates barriers; placing both the reader and the person/business/brand communicating with them into an unhindered state of ‘flow’.
So yes, I’m good with words. But only in the same way a joiner is good with hammers. Words aren’t the endgame, they’re not the reason why we do this. Communication is the key – just as the joiner only wields a hammer to create a table.
Do you follow?
Here’s a potted history of me.
I grew up in Greater Manchester, but haven’t lived there during my adult life – which means I’m always the ‘token’ Northerner in any situation.
I read English and Mediaeval History at University – which was nice.
I moved to London, where I produced children’s TV for the likes Disney, Nickelodeon and CBBC. I became a specialist in live programming with presenters and puppets. During this time I developed and produced a BAFTA winning show for Nickelodeon and wrote an International Emmy winning series for CBBC.
I now live in Devon, where I’m a stay at home dad to my two lovely children. If you’d like to hear more about my escapades in parenting, do check out Outofdepthdad.com – my blog on the ups and downs of being a 21st Century father.
Although life is undoubtedly quieter by the sea, I haven’t lost my passion for communication. I work with agencies, publications, platforms and companies to produce copy that engages and works for their needs.
“The main thing is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made!”Groucho Marx
Sadly, the same isn’t true with engaging a reader. It’s something you just can’t fake.
I do, however, have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the journey to unhindered communication that little bit easier.
So, this website gives you an idea about the types of writing I can provide: features, columns, copywriting, blogs etc.
What else is there to know?
I don’t possess a comb.
I have terrible taste in music.
And I spend too long in Lycra (usually on my bike).
So, why not drop me a line? I don’t bite (honest).