Category Archives: technical writing

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast…

I’ve had managers and coworkers note how quickly I think, work, and crank out prose, even on short notice. Ninety percent of the time, the content is even of high quality and able to be used right out of the … Continue reading

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Approaching Life Like a Scientist

My friend the scientist tells me that I’m really a scientist at heart. I’m a tad dubious about such a broad statement (a former employer thought I was an engineer at heart); however, it is likely that I have learned … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

Fear not, I’ll get into practical technical writing matters again soon, but as I’m writing this, I’m still in a philosophical mood. We have many different motivations for getting into the technical writing profession. The important thing is that–whatever your … Continue reading

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Universal Skills

I would once again like to thank Nevin in Ireland for sending me a raft of thought-provoking questions. I believe today’s posting will cover the last of the lot. Nevin, I hope you and the rest of my readers have … Continue reading

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Trained as a Liberal Arts Major, Working as a Techie

In my continuing effort to respond to reader comments and suggestions, today I’ll be taking on the subject of translating skills from the humanities into skills useful in technical communication. I’ve actually touched on this subject here, but let’s see … Continue reading

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