Coronavirus, Technical Writing, and You

I was hoping to avoid this, but the worldwide coronavirus situation has required me to address its effect(s) on technical communicators. I’ll try to keep this short and to the point. Continue reading

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Book Marketing

Believe it or not, I am still working on my book. Having finished the revisions and first-round edits from my ace editor, I have forwarded the draft back to her for a last going-over for copyediting. To help a friend (and save myself a little money), I’ve got a friend who needed some experience on his resume researching how to format my document for Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook apps/machines. Meanwhile, how do I plan to sell this book? That’s today’s discussion. Continue reading

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How Much “Personality” is Allowed in the Workplace?

Given how much time I spend on this blog suggesting that new technical communicators do their best to blend in with their workplaces, I am a rather outspoken individualist at times. If anything, I keep preaching about conformity because there have been times when I needed the reminder as well. I’ll be “keeping it real” today and sharing some of my less-than-perfect moments to stop you from learning the hard way. Call this a meditation on the limits of self-expression in the workplace. Continue reading

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Conveying Urgency Through Style

Depending on the situation, my writing style can be terse or exceptionally “fluffy” (full of extra pleasantries). Today I’m in a terse mood because I have work to do, so I’ll keep this short and to the point. Continue reading

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What Are You Forgetting?

Today’s post is a reminder that checklists are a great tool for completing your work. I’ve had more than one occasion where a forgotten task was remembered as soon as I hit “Send” on an email. Don’t let this happen to you! Continue reading

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