Paul Merrill. Writer. Creative Consultant. Narrative Designer.

About

My name is Paul Merrill. I’m a writer specializing in creative copy and other content for marketing, print, online, video . . . well, you get the idea.

Some of the work I’ve done includes:

COPYWRITING : Over the past ten years I’ve written for Microsoft, Nintendo, The Gates Foundation and many other clients, creating smart, concise copy for everything from extensive website overhauls to 100-page books on virtual puppies. Recent projects include a rebranding campaign for Getty Images and refreshing the Windows Phone website.

MARKETING / CREATIVE : I’ve conceived, pitched and written promotional videos for Microsoft, Real Networks and T-Mobile, including an Avengers spoof that I really wish I could show you.

TELEVISION: I was a writer and actor on the Emmy Award-winning PBS show Biz Kid$, writing dozens of short comedy sketches that targeted specific educational goals about business and money management.

NARRATIVE DESIGN / VIDEO GAMES: I’ve worked as a narrative designer, writing scripts and additional material for over 30 titles, including the Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 . I’ve collaborated with producers and designers to help create dozens of original characters and worlds. I’ve also written extensively for licensed characters like Spider-Man, Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Lion King and Disney Fairies, working with companies like Disney and Mattel to make sure stories and dialog stayed on-brand.

SOFTWARE / IOS: In 2012, I helped develop the voice for SAGA, a life-blogging app for iPhone and Android. I wrote most of the dialog and text for the app, as well as marketing materials for the website, social media and email campaigns for the launch. (http://www.getsaga.com/)

SOCIAL MEDIA / BLOGS: I am an avid Twitter user (700+ followers) and have written copy for social media (including Twitter, Vine and email campaigns) for several companies. In 2004, I created the first Seattle Supersonics blog, www.supersonicsoul.com, which has been featured in the New York Times, NPR and HuffPost Live.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk about an upcoming project, feel free to send me an email.