Literature as a Technical Writing Aid

I’ve mentioned before that while I am a bill-paying member of the technical writing profession, I have a less-than-secret desire to read and write fiction. This is my inner English major clamoring to write “something for me.” However, can reading fiction and even poetry help the working technical writer as well? I say yes. Unconvinced? Read on. Continue reading

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The Important vs. The Urgent

Another last-minute blog post this morning; these things happen, folks. As a friend of mine puts it, “Life happens,” and life can be messy. What on Earth could possibly keep me from remembering to do something so important as write for you fine people every Monday and Thursday morning? Allow me to share. Perhaps you can relate. Continue reading

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Introverts and Extroverts in the Workplace

Thanks in part to the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, it’s become more common for businesses and managers to talk about introversion and extroversion in the workplace. Being a borderline case (part introverted, part extroverted), I believe I have a good feel for how introverts and extroverts function in the workplace and how their individual and collective behaviors can directly affect it. Today I’ll take some time to sort out those behaviors. Continue reading

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Blockchain and Technical Writing: What’s the Connection?

As part of my ongoing effort to respond to friends’ topic suggestions, today I’m taking on, as my friend Ashley put it, “Block Chain – the invisible technology changing the world.” But me being who I am and this blog being what it is, I can’t just talk about Blockchain, I have to explain how or why it would be of interest to technical communicators. Let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading

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Operating the Office Without Tech

Continuing my process of writing about topics suggested by friends, today I’m responding to Melinda, who wanted me to answer this: “How about surviving without tech. Can it be done? Why do businesses need to essentially shut down when their computers go down?” The short answer, of course, is that everything runs on computers now, and if the computers go down, most businesses are unable to help you. However, there are some options, depending on the situation and the level of the downtime. Onward! Continue reading

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Project Management and the Technical Communicator

I posted a request for topics on Facebook, and my friends have not disappointed. My friend Cynthia responded with, “The importance of Project Management in tech…. I deal with technical vendors everyday ….most do not know how to manage projects.” While I haven’t had formal project management skills, I’ve actually learned quite a bit about project management from managing events in my free time (see here and here). Are there other things I can say? Of course! Continue reading

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What is Documentation Like?

Just because I don’t talk about documentation much doesn’t mean I’ve never done it. And usually when people hear the term “technical writer,” that’s what they assume that you do. So what is documentation and what’s the job like? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

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