As you can see, I began reading at a young age—started with Cat in the Hat and never stopped. Perhaps it was the early influence of Dr. Seuss that piqued my interest in clear and effective communication. He once observed, “The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
My adult interest in effective communication and plain language dates back to the beginning of my career as an attorney in a transactional law practice. The more documents I reviewed and drafted, the heavier my eyes became, and the more determined I was to make legal documents more understandable to the lay person.
I left private law practice and started teaching writing to undergraduates, paralegals, and law students where I could make a broader impact on how legal professionals communicate. In 2005, I joined the online services team at the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), initially as an attorney editor, and later, as director of practicelaw.org, the MSBA’s practice resources website. While at the MSBA, I continued drafting and editing legal forms, wrote web content, and started blogging. Along the way, I dabbled in marketing copy and continued my education with classes in copyediting, writing for the web, plain language, business, and technical writing.
I launched this freelance writing and editing business in 2012 because I wanted to branch out and work with a wider variety of topics, document types, and audiences. I am a devotee of the plain language movement, which is really just a commitment to keeping the readers’ needs first.
In my spare time, I tutor ESL students, travel, read, write, and pretend that I am walking the dog, when he, in fact, is walking me.