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What Can Go Wrong? Let Me Count the Ways

Each industry has its own special challenges, from agriculture to zoology. And because human beings remain imperfect, the universe chaotic, and accidents inevitable, engineers have taken do developing plans for how to handle the situation when–not if–things go wrong. Below … Continue reading

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Technical Writing Paths to and from NASA

One of the most common questions I get from Heroic Technical Writing readers is: “How do I get a job at NASA?” Mind you, I’ve written a few articles talking about the space writing biz outside of NASA as well, but … Continue reading

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Read the Frickin’ Manual…Carefully

When a man reaches a certain age, he is encouraged by his doctor to get an exam that requires a camera inserted in his backside to check for prostate cancer, among other things. Alas, I’ve reached that age. There are … Continue reading

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Whom to Trust in a Crisis

A year ago, in an environment not dominated by a virus, I wrote about how to recognize cranks in your research at work. However, as we are all now living with a science-related crisis, this seems like the best time … Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Technical Writer?

This question has come up a couple times recently, in person and online, so I thought I’d take the time to address it. I’ve talked on this page about technical skills needed for the job, as well as soft skills and … Continue reading

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