Thinking and Working Like a Pro

At the suggestion of my buddy Stuart, I’ve started reading several books by Steven Pressfield. The one I just finished yesterday is titled The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. The point of reading such books is to motivate myself to get back to writing creatively. One chapter in The War of Art reminded me about the need to think and act like a professional in my creative work. It’s hard to admit, but I have not done done this, though I learned to do in my day job. Today I’ll talk about thinking and working like a pro. Continue reading

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Best of Heroic Technical Writing

I’m approaching another solar orbit (tomorrow, 50-something). Rather than taking the day off, I thought I’d share some “Best of Heroic Technical Writing” posts. Enjoy!  Continue reading

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Follow-Up and Why It Matters

Follow-up: I’ve talked about this before. Having spent 18 years of my life working in retail and hospitality, I’ve got more than a few opinions on customer service performed badly. Unfortunately, I’ve also found a lot of experiences that spurred me to express those opinions. Lucky for corporate America, today I won’t be naming names. I will, however, be providing examples of what I mean by “bad.” Continue reading

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Proposal Style Sheets

I’m in the midst of another client proposal this month, so there might be a couple proposal-related posts. Nothing wrong with that: it’s a great way for tech writers to earn a steady income and grow their business network. Today’s post will be about proposal style sheets, which help a multi-person team use the correct fonts and headers, but also achieve something approaching a similar literary style. This is harder than it looks. Continue reading

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Doing What You Love vs. Doing What You Have To

As many of my regular readers know, I’m a bit of a space exploration enthusiast. That’s why I went back to grad school to get a master’s degree. It’s why I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time writing about space stuff, for pay or otherwise. However, it’s  not all fascination and excitement. Today I’ll talk a bit about how you can reconnect with the joy of your work–you do have joy in your work, yes?–if the details start to wear you down. Continue reading

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