Category Archives: technical writing

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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The Good Parts About Working With SMEs

This blog was written in response to a survey comment. One survey respondent said that “Interactive skills and depth of listening even appear unpleasant.” Wow. I guess he had a point: I’ve often shared some of my “horror stories” when … Continue reading

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Parts of Speech in English

One of the folks who responded to my content survey, Abdul in India, was seeking some more information about “linguistic terms and phrases.” It occurred to me that some of you became technical writers by accident (say, by starting as … Continue reading

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What is a Day in the Life of a Technical Writer Really Like?

This might or might not make it into the book, but it might set the table for an early chapter. The reality is, depending on what you do and where and for whom, your daily routine can be anything from actually routine … Continue reading

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Organizing the Book, Round 2

My first cut at organizing the content did not go as well as I’d hoped. As I feared, some sections had too much content, others practically none. So I’m trying a different approach and am getting a better distribution of … Continue reading

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