Whisky Mohawk

Writer For Hire

Storytelling

Fiction, Nonfiction, & More
including
  • Short Stories
  • Novellas
  • Ghostwriting
  • Screenplays
  • Stageplays
  • Proofs-of-Concept

World Building

Concept Development. Narrative Design.
not limited to
  • Treatments & Loglines
  • Franchise Development
  • Narrative Consultation
  • Continuity Management
  • Character & World Design
  • Project Outlines

Content Creation

Communication & Marketing
such as
  • Product Descriptions
  • Marketing Material
  • Documentation
  • Web Content
  • Communication
  • Resume's and CVs

Web Design

Website Construction & Improvement
which means
  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Layouts
  • Marketing Tools
  • Upgrade Existing Websites
  • Hosted by WordPress
  • Powered by Elementor
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It’s a song as old as time. You’ve got something you need said. Perhaps a story you need told, or a speech you need written, or a mission statement you need refined. Whatever the case, you need words. So you take your coin purse, and your burning need, and you saddle up into your local drinking establishment, looking for some clever mercenary type to relieve you of your problems. You know the kind – the smug sort that leaves you unsure as to whether or not you truly like them as a person, yet reluctantly confident in their capacity to get shit done. And there you see me, and you need words, and I have words. And I need coin, and you have a coin purse.

But am I the writer for you?

Content creators are as broad and diverse as the sum total of literature itself (which is at least twenty-three books and one unproduced stageplay of Godfather: The Musical). I like to believe that I’m adaptable in my range. I studied at Columbia College Chicago, have toured the Eastern US with my work, and to date I’ve written everything from fiction to essays; critical analyses to how-to guides; screenplays to stageplays; business dossiers and organization charters to design notes and job listings; I’ve built worlds for high-budget productions, and for mates when we play Dungeons & Dragons in my basement on Fridays. I don’t have a resume or CV posted on this website; my credentials are manifest right here. You’ve been reading what I’ve had to say about pretty much everything under the sun from the moment you loaded that homepage, and I’m going to let these sundry words speak for me and my ability to wield the English language like a frothing Nordic berserker swinging his ax.

I love writing. I always have. And I’ll tell you as much in excruciating detail on the About page over yonder. Now, I don’t know if I’m the writer for you. But if you’re looking to commission work, whether it’s content for your business, a gift, or something to read for fun, I can promise I’ll be upfront and professional with you from start to finish, and if that’s good enough to get going, I’m confident we’ll figure out the rest together.

Where do we begin?

Just go over to my Contact page and shoot me an email with a summary of the work you have in mind. You can be as brief or detailed as you like, and I'll get back to you within forty-eight hours to let you know if I think it's a project I can take on. If it is, I'll give you my cursory thoughts, and together we'll outline a process to ensure you get the quality product you deserve. Easy, right?

Commission a Whisky Mohawk Original Today

Your masterpiece is waiting!
Okay, let's do this!

Storytelling

You know. Good ol' fashioned escapism.

It likely comes as no great shock to you that my mainstay, bread-and-butter raison d’etre comes in the form of narrative creation. 

Now, that’s a broad medium and it includes screenwriting, playwriting, short and long stories, fanfiction, and full-on books. It is by no means limited to the fictional – a biography is a story; a memoir is a story; even historical texts tell stories. A story is, fundamentally, the communication of ideas and emotions through the lens of persons and places, both real and imagined. That’s what I do.

"Whisky Mohawk Accepts a Job";
1776 A.D., colourised

If you want me to tell you a story – or tell one for you – then you’ve come to the right place, whether you have a clever concept you’ve been sitting on and are ready to bring to life, or just want someone to finally get your Captain America/Dean Winchester OTP right. I’m happy to talk about starting work from the ground up as well as helping you finish or improve upon your own existing pieces (provided, of course, they’re yours). Plus, it’s gonna seriously make you feel like a swaggy Venetian aristocrat being able to say you’ve got your own writer on call. 

Whatever it is, I’ve got a decade of experience under my belt from writers’ rooms to publishing houses to drunken late night scribblings. Say the word and I’m your guy. No, please. There’s a Contact page. Send word.

World Building

Gee whiz, Whisky M! Isn't that the same thing as storytelling?

Well… not quite.

See, a story is kind of like the culmination of a built world. The story is everything that happens in Westeros, after Westeros itself is conceived and populated. World-building is naming the Seven Kingdoms, or deciding that there ought to be seven kingdoms in the first place; world-building is giving five and a half children to Eddard Stark. World-building is genesis. Storytelling, conversely, is then writing about what happens to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the five and a half children of Eddard Stark. World-building is gathering up Lego pieces; storytelling is putting those Legos together. And let me tell you, world-building can be a huge pain in the ass. Here, let me give you an example:

So here we have – as my character Melissa Parker puts it – a glossary of terms, jargon, and locations relevant to the Los Angeles Resistance and the culture of their hub Sierra Lima in my series of the same name (don’t worry, I inked out spoilers). This document is not published anywhere; instead, I use it as a guide to maintain consistency across my narratives, which in turn helps to make my world feel more alive. Characters don’t just call vampires “vampires”. They’re “vamps” and “fang-bangers”. I don’t just talk about nameless big rooms in the Hsi Lai Temple; I toured it and discovered the Arhat Gardens. This is valuable work integral to the

writing process, and this nine-page glossary has several sister documents – a dramatis personae, a collection of relevant Biblical passages, a timeline, droves of notes about my villains, and so on.

If that sounds like a lot of work – it is. This is the “behind the scenes” element of writing and storytelling that consumes years of authors’ lives and drives us into madness. Here’s another example that’s a little different:

This is ripped from the pitch packet I drafted for my creative team when we were developing our webseries. Before a screenplay could be written, we first had to think about the setting and characters – what’s happening, where is it happening, who is doing it, and why are they doing it? This is the sort of outlining and world-building that can help keep a project on track, as well as establish the cohesion needed for multiple individuals to work on one project simultaneously. 

All this is to say that world-building is the act of growing fresh ingredients, and storytelling or writing is the act of using those ingredients to cook something delicious. You might be world-building if you’re laying the groundwork for your own book series. You might be world-building if you’re drafting a pitch packet for a board of producers, or trying to maintain continuity across multiple projects; I’m looking at you, Mobile Spin-Off Game. Heck, you might be world-building if you’re just planning the next session of your Dungeons & Dragons campaign. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of that, there’s no shame in bringing on a professional to help you out.

Go head over to that Contact page. I gotchu fam.

Content Creation

Yeah, I know that's vague. Bear with me here.

This is the work my father always begged me to get into. And, in a way, I suppose I did. After fanfiction commissions, the clients I take on for content creation projects are my biggest source of income. “Content creation” is kind of synonymous with “passive communication”, and it’s something all businesses need, all products require.

Content creators – sometimes colloquially referred to as “copy writers” – write the labels on the back of your oatmeal boxes and the blurbs on “About Us” pages. We write mission statements and vision statements. We take the raw data that is your thoughts and ideas and convert it into tangible, flowing language. We are the wordsmiths who strive to find creative ways to make your real estate company sound unique to passerby, or your business tenets accessible to your employees. We write the instruction manuals to your vacuum cleaners and we eat prose for breakfast like you eat your Cheerios. To say it succinctly – content creators write stuff, and we use language to clearly communicate information on your behalf.

And I’ll bet you’ve got stuff, don’t you? Good news! I’m for hire. Send me an email on my Contact page, and let’s get started.

Web Design

So that's a curve ball.

Yeah, I know, I just blathered on for like twenty million paragraphs about writing this and storytelling that and there were way too many hyphens and I brought alliteration in at one point and it was just… my God, it was too much.

So, like. Web design?

But it’s true! I freelance as a web designer, which oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with content creation gigs – but not always. In fact, this website that you’re on? I built it myself, from scratch. All those poppy colors and animations and graphic design choices and eldritch page layouts were courtesy of yours truly. 

So whether you’re an indie artist yourself, a local business owner, or just an enterprising blogger looking to bring your page to the next level – it’s time to get online and get out there. As we draw near the third decade of the twenty-first century, it has become exceptionally apparent that establishing an online presence is vital to doing business in this modern age – and I can totally help you out with that.

Jump over to that Contact form, tell me what you’re about, and we’ll getcha started – without bankrupting you in the process.

Wowzers!

...now let's talk rates.

Ah, money. Literally everyone’s favorite subject, right next to root canals and Roseanne Barr. 

In a perfect world, I would be able to just crash in your guest room, drink your wine, and spew prose from the balcony for you like the original gangsta Voltaire (yeah, I spelled out “OG”; get at me). Dude waxed philosophic and wore bitchin’ ascots and people just let him chill in their mansions and shit. This would certainly be ideal.

Alas, we do not live in the 18th century no matter how hard I try to pretend otherwise, and these days there’s a “market” that dictates “fees” and “revenue”, and I’m forced to broach the uncomfortable subject of you giving me money.

There is a growing trend in today’s economy whereupon the work artists do is disproportionately undervalued, to the extent many are expected to work for little to nothing, or in exchange for “exposure”. I’ve certainly encountered my fair share of clients who were alarmed to discover I sometimes charged more for my work than the cost of a McDouble. And while I would say I generally consider my fees reasonable for the work I provide, I value my time (and your product), and I take my trade seriously.

That said, I don’t have fixed rates, largely because of how variable my line of work can be. A commission to write a fluff piece about killing Nazis is easier to do than a commission to write a thriller set during the 2004 stock market crash, for example. Prices may fluctuate based on the level of expediency a client requires, the amount of research I need to do to tackle a project, and of course how much time a given project actually takes to complete. However, as an independent contractor, I do have a good deal of flexibility when it comes to determining rates and scheduling payments, and if money is ever a concern for you or you’re not sure you can afford the work you need done, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly – nine times out of ten, my clients and I are usually able to figure something out.

So – what are you waiting for? We have work to do. 

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Whisky Mohawk

Writer For Hire

Storytelling

Fiction, Nonfiction, & More
including
  • Short Stories
  • Novellas
  • Ghostwriting
  • Screenplays
  • Stageplays
  • Proofs-of-Concept

World Building

Concept Development. Narrative Design.
not limited to
  • Franchise Development
  • Narrative Development
  • Narrative Consultation
  • Continuity Management
  • Project Outlines
  • Expanded Lore

Content Creation

Communication & Marketing
such as
  • Product Descriptions
  • Marketing Material
  • Document Text
  • Web Content
  • Communication
  • Resume's and CVs

Web Design

Website Construction & Improvement
which means
  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Layouts
  • Marketing Tools
  • Upgrade Existing Websites
  • Hosted by WordPress
  • Powered by Elementor
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on tumblr
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit

It’s a song as old as time. You’ve got something you need said. Perhaps a story you need told, or a speech you need written, or a mission statement you need refined. Whatever the case, you need words. So you take your coin purse, and your burning need, and you saddle up into your local drinking establishment, looking for some clever mercenary type to relieve you of your problems. You know the kind – the smug sort that leaves you unsure as to whether or not you truly like them as a person, yet reluctantly confident in their capacity to get shit done. And there you see me, and you need words, and I have words. And I need coin, and you have a coin purse.

But am I the writer for you?

Content creators are as broad and diverse as the sum total of literature itself (which is at least twenty-three books and one unproduced stageplay of Godfather: The Musical). I like to believe that I’m adaptable in my range. I studied at Columbia College Chicago, have toured the Eastern US with my work, and to date I’ve written everything from fiction to essays; critical analyses to how-to guides; screenplays to stageplays; business dossiers and organization charters to design notes and job listings; I’ve built worlds for high-budget productions, and for mates when we play Dungeons & Dragons in my basement on Fridays. I don’t have a resume or CV posted on this website; my credentials are manifest right here. You’ve been reading what I’ve had to say about pretty much everything under the sun from the moment you loaded that homepage, and I’m going to let these sundry words speak for me and my ability to wield the English language like a frothing Nordic berserker swinging his ax.

I love writing. I always have. And I’ll tell you as much in excruciating detail on the About over yonder. Now, I don’t know if I’m the writer for you. But if you’re looking to commission work, whether it’s content for your business, a gift, or something to read for fun, I can promise I’ll be upfront and professional with you from start to finish, and if that’s good enough to get going, I’m confident we’ll figure out the rest together.

Where do we begin?

Just go over to my Contact page and shoot me an email with a summary of the work you have in mind. You can be as brief or detailed as you like, and I'll get back to you within forty-eight hours to let you know if I think it's a project I can take on. If it is, I'll give you my cursory thoughts, and together we'll outline a process to ensure you get the quality product you deserve. Easy, right?

Commission a Whisky Mohawk Original Today

Your masterpiece is waiting!
Okay, let's do this!

Storytelling

You know. Good ol' fashioned escapism.

It likely comes as no great shock to you that my mainstay, bread-and-butter raison d’etre comes in the form of narrative creation. 

Now, that’s a broad medium and it includes screenwriting, playwriting, short and long stories, fanfiction, and full-on books. It is by no means limited to the fictional – a biography is a story; a memoir is a story; even historical texts tell stories. A story is, fundamentally, the communication of ideas and emotions through the lens of persons and places, both real and imagined. That’s what I do.

"Whisky Mohawk Accepts a Job";
1776 A.D., colourised

If you want me to tell you a story – or tell one for you – then you’ve come to the right place, whether you have a clever concept you’ve been sitting on and are ready to bring to life, or just want someone to finally get your Captain America/Dean Winchester OTP right. I’m happy to talk about starting work from the ground up as well as helping you finish or improve upon your own existing pieces (provided, of course, they’re yours). Plus, it’s gonna seriously make you feel like a swaggy Venetian aristocrat being able to say you’ve got your own writer on call. 

Whatever it is, I’ve got a decade of experience under my belt from writers’ rooms to publishing houses to drunken late night scribblings. Say the word and I’m your guy. No, please. There’s a Contact page. Send word.

World Building

Gee whiz, Whisky M! Isn't that the same thing as storytelling?

Well… not quite.

See, a story is kind of like the culmination of a built world. The story is everything that happens in Westeros, after Westeros itself is conceived and populated. World-building is naming the Seven Kingdoms, or deciding that there ought to be seven kingdoms in the first place; world-building is giving five and a half children to Eddard Stark. World-building is genesis. Storytelling, conversely, is then writing about what happens to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the five and a half children of Eddard Stark. World-building is gathering up Lego pieces; storytelling is putting those Legos together. And let me tell you, world-building can be a huge pain in the ass. Here, let me give you an example:

So here we have – as my character Melissa Parker puts it – a glossary of terms, jargon, and locations relevant to the Los Angeles Resistance and the culture of their hub Sierra Lima in my series of the same name (don’t worry, I inked out spoilers). This document is not published anywhere; instead, I use it as a guide to maintain consistency across my narratives, which in turn helps to make my world feel more alive. Characters don’t just call vampires “vampires”. They’re “vamps” and “fang-bangers”. I don’t just talk about nameless big rooms in the Hsi Lai Temple; I toured it and discovered the Arhat Gardens. This is valuable work integral to the

writing process, and this nine-page glossary has several sister documents – a dramatis personae, a collection of relevant Biblical passages, a timeline, droves of notes about my villains, and so on.

If that sounds like a lot of work – it is. This is the “behind the scenes” element of writing and storytelling that consumes years of authors’ lives and drives into madness. Here’s another example that’s a little different:

This is ripped from the pitch packet I drafted for my creative team when we were developing our webseries. Before a screenplay could be written, we first had to think about the setting and characters – what’s happening, where is it happening, who is doing it, and why are they doing it? This is the sort of outlining and world-building that can help keep a project on track, as well as establish the cohesion needed for multiple individuals to work on one project simultaneously. 

All this is to say that world-building is the act of growing fresh ingredients, and storytelling or writing is the act of using those ingredients to cook something delicious. You might be world-building if you’re laying the groundwork for your own book series. You might be world-building if you’re drafting a pitch packet for a board of producers, or trying to maintain continuity across multiple projects; I’m looking at you, Mobile Spin-Off Game. Heck, you might be world-building if you’re just planning the next session of your Dungeons & Dragons campaign. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of that, there’s no shame in bringing on a professional to help you out.

Go head over to that Contact page. I gotchu fam.

Content Creation

Yeah, I know that's vague. Bear with me here.

This is the work my father always begged me to get into. And, in a way, I suppose I did. After fanfiction commissions, the clients I take on for content creation projects are my biggest source of income. “Content creation” is kind of synonymous with “passive communication”, and it’s something all businesses need, all products require.

Content creators – sometimes colloquially referred to as “copy writers” – write the labels on the back of your oatmeal boxes and the blurbs on “About Us” pages. We write mission statements and vision statements. We take the raw data that is your thoughts and ideas and convert it into tangible, flowing language. We are the wordsmiths who strive to find creative ways to make your real estate company sound unique to passerby, or your business tenets accessible to your employees. We write the instruction manuals to your vacuum cleaners and we eat prose for breakfast like you eat your Cheerios. To say it succinctly – content creators write stuff, and we use language to clearly communicate information on your behalf.

And I’ll bet you’ve got stuff, don’t you? Good news! I’m for hire. Send me an email on my Contact page, and let’s get started.

Web Design

So that's a curve ball.

Yeah, I know, I just blathered on for like twenty million paragraphs about writing this and storytelling that and there were way too many hyphens and I brought alliteration in at one point and it was just… my God, it was too much.

So, like. Web design?

But it’s true! I freelance as a web designer, which oftentimes goes hand-in-hand with content creation gigs – but not always. In fact, this website that you’re on? I built it myself, from scratch. All those poppy colors and animations and graphic design choices and eldritch page layouts were courtesy of yours truly. 

So whether you’re an indie artist yourself, a local business owner, or just an enterprising blogger looking to bring your page to the next level – it’s time to get online and get out there. As we draw near the third decade of the twenty-first century, it has become exceptionally apparent that establishing an online presence is vital to doing business in this modern age – and I can totally help you out with that.

Jump over to that Contact form, tell me what you’re about, and we’ll getcha started – without bankrupting you in the process.

Wowzers!

...now let's talk rates.

Ah, money. Literally everyone’s favorite subject, right next to root canals and Roseanne Barr. 

In a perfect world, I would be able to just crash in your guest room, drink your wine, and spew prose from the balcony for you like the original gangsta Voltaire (yeah, I spelled out “OG”; get at me). Dude waxed philosophic and wore bitchin’ ascots and people just let him chill in their mansions and shit. This would certainly be ideal.

Alas, we do not live in the 18th century no matter how hard I try to pretend otherwise, and these days there’s a “market” that dictates “fees” and “revenue”, and I’m forced to broach the uncomfortable subject of you giving me money.

There is a growing trend in today’s economy whereupon the work artists do is disproportionately undervalued, to the extent many are expected to work for little to nothing, or in exchange for “exposure”. I’ve certainly encountered my fair share of clients who were alarmed to discover I sometimes charged more for my work than the cost of a McDouble. And while I would say I generally consider my fees reasonable for the work I provide, I value my time (and your product), and I take my trade seriously.

That said, I don’t have fixed rates, largely because of how variable my line of work can be. A commission to write a fluff piece about killing Nazis is easier to do than a commission to write a thriller set during the 2004 stock market crash, for example. Prices may fluctuate based on the level of expediency a client requires, the amount of research I need to do to tackle a project, and of course how much time a given project actually takes to complete. However, as an independent contractor, I do have a good deal of flexibility when it comes to determining rates and scheduling payments, and if money is ever a concern for you or you’re not sure you can afford the work you need done, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly – nine times out of ten, my clients and I are usually able to figure something out.

So – what are you waiting for? We have work to do. 

Ready to start?

Not sold yet?

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