I’m Merryn, and I am a writer.
Since 1971, I’ve been choosing words carefully, writing them down, and selling those sentences to unsuspecting customers.
Tricky subjects are a speciality.
I’m also an enthusiast-historian.The rhetoric and language of war provides endless fascination and, with an appetite for gonzo journalism that delivers odd essays (the emphasis is on odd), I also write poetry to feed my soul.
There’s a book in me somewhere – at least one. Most of the time I’m in north Norfolk, and when I’m on tour, it’s often on a Triumph.
What do you write?
I write the words that help people communicate more effectively. You know my customers. They’re household names like Aviva, Ordnance Survey, Northern Powergrid, Smart Pension, Ageas, the NHS, Npower, and Hitachi.
If you live in the UK, then my words have dropped through your letterbox. Or they’ve popped up in your inbox. I’ve also worked for many small businesses and ambitious individuals, helping them get to grips with big ideas and tough speeches.
Often, I’m asked to write about sensitive subjects. There’s very little I won’t tackle.
How much does good writing cost?
Good question. Honestly? It’s a piece of string.
Day rates aren’t the best way to measure a writer’s time. Great writing demands good thinking, which is always hard to quantify on a timesheet. There’s also a difference between cost and value and, as writing is a skill, that ol’ piece of string is rarely a shoestring.
Still, most customers have a budget in mind for the writing part of a project.
Why don’t we talk about what you’d like to achieve? That will put three things into perspective: your ambitions, the most pressing challenge, and my value. I can then give you a project-based quote (which we can still turn into a day rate if that helps).
Why choose Rentaquill?
“I can make the most complex subjects seem simple with the right amount of reader-friendly writing. I’ll rugby-tackle a thesaurus to find the right words, and there’s no ‘tricky little project’ I can’t handle with a calm head and a clear response.”
But I would say that, wouldn’t I. In short, there’s one good reason why I’m the writer you need. You’ll always be offered the words that work. There are, however, two reasons why you might prefer another writer.
One, you want a ‘yes’ person: someone who doesn’t want to share their insights or have the confidence to suggest an intuitive, much better result. And two, you want amazing content – lots of it – delivered yesterday on a bottom-dollar budget. As the neurosurgeon says, “Sure, I can work for less. I’ll let you decide which part of the job I skimp on.”
It’s okay. You can pay me to not tell jokes. Go on, tell me what you want your audience to hear, and we can decide if we’re a good fit for each other. Start by sending me an email…
What does 'on tour' mean?
I’m usually in Norfolk. But I might be researching a subject, visiting a client, or spending time on tour — I’m always happy working remotely. Plus, I work on several projects at the same time. Give me a nudge. If I don’t respond quickly, it could mean there’s sketchy WiFi or I’m head-down in a piece of writing. I’ll be in touch as soon as I can.