As a writer, editor and proofreader, I’m passionate about clear, vibrant writing.

Punctilious about punctuation, wild about words – and misplaced apostrophes can make me apoplectic.

To this end, for penance I teach (or is that preach?) plain language writing to public servants. I do a lot of writing and editing for the public sector.

Here’s what I write, edit and proof (print or web)

  • media releases
  • speeches
  • policy documents and reports
  • advertising copy
  • features for newspapers
  • scripts for television and docos 

Here are a couple of articles I wrote for the Courier-Mail. If you’d like to read more of my regular Viewpoint columns go to my columns

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  1. Dear Sue,

    Thank goodness! I thought it was just me! I agree wholeheartedly with your comments in your ‘lone voice against TV blood sport’ article (The Courier Mail Monday June 25).

    As another singer/songwriter, I have to say that I don’t watch TV ‘talent’ shows either. Any time I’ve heard any part of them, they seem over-produced, over-stated and over-the-top in every way … and not to the benefit of the songs.

    Who decided that ‘more’ is ‘better’ anyway? Did it start with the Ten Tenors, blasting our eardrums with a solid wall of sound? ‘Loud’ does not equate with ‘talented’ in my book. I feel like I’m being bludgeoned with noise without thought, reference to the message of the song – and therefore the feelings of the writer – or sensitivity of presentation. I think I’d be distressed if any of my material was used just to hit people over the head with in an effort to out-holler all other contestants. A well-presented song should have light and shade, space to breathe and reflect, serious thought by the performer as to what they are trying to convey through the words … and surely it should honour the writer/composer.

    I am going to be even more controversial that you and say that I really don’t ‘get’ Susan Boyle. Her whole claim to fame seems to be that she stuns ’em with sound waves! I admit I haven’t heard any of her recordings, and little of her in performance … but that’s her fault entirely. I find her presentation appallingly insensitive. I’ve only heard her sing one song she didn’t feel the need to scream her way through, and that was at the Diamond Jubilee … a Scottish folk song, and not very well sung at that. I know folk singers who could leave her red-faced, and not because she’s straining her corsets to break the sound barrier.

    Sue, having heard you sing many times, I can confirm that you are totally qualified to express your opinion on this subject. Not only do you have a beautiful voice, but the skill to interpret a song and present it with a passion and sensitivity that would make the writer proud to think they had written it. Obviously, you’ll never win on The Voice, but that’s their loss.

    Keep singing ’em your way!
    Anne

  2. Sue! It was great to meet you last night- I am wildly inspired! Perhaps you could add ‘Mentor to Future Stars’ to your list of accomplishments 🙂

    Also- love the way you present your writer/editor ethos!

    Here is my blog spot, the Tina Sparkles Experience.

    Do you have subscriptions to your site?

    Cheers, Liza

  3. But what about the majuscule/miniscule problem? Was that the editor’s fault for missing the misspelling (maybe he or she even “corrected” it) or yours?

  4. G’day, Sue!
    Read your column in today’s fishwrapper, agreed with you completely and noted the “editor’s” laughing comment at the end (Ha ha, Sue. We fixed ’em all up). For me, that’s like waving a red rag at a bull. Did he or she miss the obvious missing comma in “Look at me everyone … “? I guess so. Punctuation is not a newspaper’s strong suit these days.
    Also, majuscule = OK; miniscule = not OK?

  5. hi its sandra at AQ – i don’t seem to have your email saved in my system! Can you pls email me thurs or fri? Sandra

  6. The school article today in C Mail was STUNNING!

    I want to send it to my teacher friends in USA who think THEY have the only crap classes in the world, will it BE on the web?

    Is this all a carbon copy, like?

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