Breaking Into Freelancing

Today I’ll be responding to a friend who had questions about my post re: skill sets for freelancing. Ethan had some good ones: “How did you emerge into freelancing and how did you develop each of these skills? Did you go to school, learn in a professional setting or did you self-study and self-practice? What are your thoughts on the convention of taking the time to build a journeyman skill level in a professional setting before setting off on your own?” Whew! This one’s going to be busy. Onward. Continue reading

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Skill Sets for Freelance Writing

As part of my ongoing quest to meet my readers’ expectations (and, as an extra bonus, get content for a book based on this blog), today’s entry is, again, based on a reader suggestion. Thanks again to Nevin in Ireland, I’ll be covering “What sort of skills you should develop for working alone.” This seems like a good one, so let’s dive in! Continue reading

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What Does “Success” Look Like?

This entry is being written in reaction to another survey response. Your content suggestions are appreciated, so keep them coming! The specific question was, “What does ‘success’ look like, anyway?” I will give you my answers to this, friends, but as with many things, your answers may vary. Continue reading

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Soft Skills for Being a Team Player

This blog is in response to a survey comment. I got some great responses recently, and I’d especially like to thank Nevin in Ireland for some great topic suggestions! His specific question was, “What personal skills you should develop to fit in well within a big organisation or a team of writers?” I’m here to help (note: that might be skill #1!). Continue reading

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The Good Parts About Working With SMEs

This blog was written in response to a survey comment. One survey respondent said that “Interactive skills and depth of listening even appear unpleasant.” Wow. I guess he had a point: I’ve often shared some of my “horror stories” when dealing with subject-matter experts (SMEs). My intention is (usually) to show how technical writers can make our lives more difficult by testing the patience of an eminent/busy SME by not being prepared before we ask them questions. Today I’ll write about some of the bright sides of dealing with the “experts.” It’s not all bad, really! Continue reading

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Book Writing vs. Blog Writing

I had high hopes that I could transition this blog into a book easily, with a minimum of fuss and effort. Silly me, that’s now how reality works. Continue reading

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Parts of Speech in English

One of the folks who responded to my content survey, Abdul in India, was seeking some more information about “linguistic terms and phrases.” It occurred to me that some of you became technical writers by accident (say, by starting as an engineer or scientist) rather than on purpose; and if you had an English class, it was years ago. Fair enough. The content today will cover parts of speech and how they function in your sentences. Thank you to Abdul and the others who have taken the time to complete the survey! Continue reading

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