Gratitude in Times of Trouble

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States as well as a federal holiday, so rather than talk about work too much, I’ll share a couple thoughts about thankfulness and gratitude in a difficult time. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short. I know my fellow Americans have food to eat and football to watch. Continue reading

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Finding Your Voice As a Writer

I haven’t discussed writing style in a while, but in keeping with my revisiting-old-topics riff, I thought I’d give it another look. As it happened, I could thank my friend Cindy Lou for helping me find my writing voice 20+ years ago. The assistance she provided actually began with an argument. However, arguments can lay bare some truths about who we are and why we do what we do. This one, fortunately, had positive results. Continue reading

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Reader Response: Structuring Complex Instructions

Today’s post is a response to an instructor friend’s response to my call for topics (Reminder: I’ll take them from strangers, too!). Jane’s initial question was: “Do you have anything on there on how to structure complex sets of instructions?” I will now. Let’s dive in! Continue reading

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Adding Technical Writing to an MBA

I got an interesting question from a Millennial friend, asking why don’t they include technical writing skills as part of a typical master’s of business administration (MBA) degree. Honestly, the thought hadn’t occurred to me, but I’m willing to poke around and offer some suggestions, in case any program directors are reading. Continue reading

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Thoughts After the Fact–Dressing for Success

My professional mentor D2 suggested that I revisit previous posts from this blog to add thoughts after the fact. Today I’ll be reviewing a couple of older posts from Heroic Technical Writing, adding or refining my thoughts since they were first written. This could go well or be a complete mess. Welcome to the wacky world of twice-weekly blog writing! Continue reading

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