Russ Hope

Lead Writer

What do you do?

I write words. But first, I sweat the big stuff – the whys and the what-ifs. Then I craft the message, sentence-by-sentence.

Why do you do it?

It started with a TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched that show every week for years. One day I realised that even though the writers kept changing, the characters always sounded like themselves . I wanted to know how that could be. So I started pulling the dialogue apart, looking for patterns. Soon I was experimenting with syntax and tinkering with words to create moods and imply personalities and explain ideas. Eventually it became my job.

Which projects have you worked on?

I joined Quietroom in August 2013 and so far I’ve worked on about 20 projects. I’ve written articles, presentations, websites, brochures, letters and surveys, and designed workshops.

Which project are you most proud of?

I’m a sucker for results. I like to crack problems and open up new opportunities for people. So far I’ve particularly enjoyed helping a government department talk to 280,000 civil servants about education, and writing a pub quiz for a banking boss.

What do you like to do when you’re not in work?

I listen to music, play video games and drink coffee. Sometimes I do other work, like lecturing at universities and writing books .

What kind of writing gets you excited?

Anything that’s pithy or strange or takes me into a world I’ve never seen before. Lyrics Haiku Breaking Bad.