Writer, storyteller, artist, maker of things
You’ve heard the idiom about being a square peg in a round hole, right? Well, throughout her working career, Hilary felt like that applied to her. Except that she thought of herself as more of an irregular polygon who tried very hard to fit into the neat square of the corporate world.
Hilary, or Hil to her friends, has always been a creator and storyteller. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of learning to draw – figuring out how to translate what she saw in the world into something recognizable on paper. Hil vividly recalls the moment that she realized that her granny’s head of curly grey hair could be translated into a bunch of small circles on top of a bigger circle on paper. She was sure that all she needed for the rest of her life was an endless supply of paper and a Crayola caddy.
Her love of words followed. Hil developed a deep love of reading and creative writing at school. One of her fondest memories is a journal writing project in high school. Hil’s teacher handed back the marked journals and called her aside and suggested that she kept writing and that she needed to nurture that talent.
She has always found joy in the writing process. From researching to create a foundation, and then building with words. Moving sentences around and refining until she has a result that is clear, engaging, and most importantly, achieves its purpose of persuading, informing, or delighting the reader.
With all the chaos and upheaval that the world has experienced in recent months, Hilary recently decided that life is too short to not pursue her dreams.
With that realization, Hil decided to quit the corporate world and create an irregular polygon-shaped niche for herself. She now focuses on content writing for business, plain language writing for financial institutions, and never forgetting her crayon-loving roots, she creates illustrations and paintings that tell stories and bring joy.
Hilary does not believe that all her years in the corporate square were a waste. She is grateful to have gained many important skills. From the importance of customer relationships, time management to problem-solving and project management.
She now believes that she is not so much an irregular polygon, but more of a mouldable piece of clay, constantly changing and evolving and somehow able to fit into whatever shape she needs to be at the time.
Hilary has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing Management) as well as training in design thinking, creative writing, business writing, and plain language.
Aside from being a writer and an artist, Hil is a mom to two busy teenagers, as well as a dog named Scout and a cat named Smokie. She is a reluctant runner, and an avid podcast listener and reader. Hil is pedantic about the perfect cup of tea and the perfect G&T. And she has far too many abandoned craft projects.
Feel free to check out some of her writing samples below.