The power of plain English writing!
name is Mick McKellar. I am a writer, a retired editor, and
sometimes...a poet. For more than forty years it has been both my
pleasure and my pain to read documents which attempt to inflame,
inform, influence, and/or infatuate readers. More often than I care to
admit, I was unable to understand what the writer was saying or to
conclude he or she was saying anything at all. Whether it was a book,
an article, a business letter, advertising copy, an essay, a blog
posting, or even a poem, I was left wondering if I was missing some
inside knowledge or special insight necessary to decipher the writer's
words. Was the writer hiding something, confused, or simply
demonstrating a lack of knowledge?
Perhaps, but I believe that
most often well-intentioned writers just fail to communicate clearly
with their intended audience due to use of jargon, shorthand writing,
and overly complex sentence constructions.
The solution: write clearly in plain English. Take the low road, but do a first-class job of your construction and delivery. Plain
does not mean boring or insultingly simple. In this case, plain
understandable, accessible, well-organized, technically correct, and
unadorned English that communicates exactly what you mean to say.
my more than forty years of writing professionally in a wide variety of
jobs, I have endeavored to present my thoughts clearly and in an
organized form. I now wish to help others understand the quiet power of
plain English writing.
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How may I help you?
Need help writing an article, writing content for your Web site,
or a grant proposal? Need someone to review your content and offer
suggestions and recommendations to improve the syntax, grammar, flow,
and internal structure of the material? Need someone to coach and/or
tutor a writer of any age who is struggling with written communication?
these or similar concerns confront you or those you wish to help, I can
be of service. Please note the headings in the navigation column to the
left of this page. I offer services as:
- A Writer
a freelance writer, I can write an article or Web content for you on
any topic, with information you provide or, in some cases, based on
research I do for you. I can ghost write or co-write for you. There are
many options, please let me know what you need.
- An Editor
a freelance editor, I can review your content for syntax, grammar,
style, flow, connectivity, and organization. I can map that content for
your review, and reorganize, re-write, or recommend changes.
- A Google Apps/Sites Consultant
Making a switch to Google Apps and using Google Sites to support and host your Web site can be a daunting task. I can work with you to set up and use these powerful and free tools.
- A Writing Coach and/or Tutor
a writing coach and tutor, I can work with anyone from middle school to
middle age and beyond, to improve their writing, planning, researching,
and reporting skills.
Please click on the
links in the left column for more information in each area. If you have
writing-related needs outside these specific areas, please contact me