5 lessons I’ve learned from coaching writing

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash My work as a technical writer sometimes means that I have to coach solutions architects and other technical people in the fine arts of writing. It’s a part of my work that I’ve come to find a new appreciation for … “5 lessons I’ve learned from coaching writing”

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Building the better technical editing and QA cycle

Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash It’s rare when I don’t hear complaints about the technical editing and reviewing of documents and the QA cycle in general. It’s unfortunate because building a document QA process that’s supportable and replicable Here are some considerations to keep in … “Building the better technical editing and QA cycle”

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3 things technical writers can learn from screenwriters

Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash A few years back I took a screenwriting course through Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. It was a challenging course. The professor had a bit of an ego so I didn’t get as much out of it as I had … “3 things technical writers can learn from screenwriters”

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Do organizations need technical documentation style guides?

Photo by Oliver Thomas Klein on Unsplash Do organizations need technical documentation style guides? It’s a question that rises on online forums every so often. Today’s ever-tightening workplace budgets should also put the role of the technical documentation style guide under the spotlight. My answer to … “Do organizations need technical documentation style guides?”

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My Microsoft Word template manifesto

For reasons that continue to elude me, I’ve come across a lot of Microsoft Word template issues in my time. Some templates were so bad that what should be a simple productivity tool ends up hobbling documentation efforts. Finding template issues is a never-ending source … “My Microsoft Word template manifesto”

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5 tips for managing writing samples as a technical writer

Image by Dương Trần Quốc via Unsplash.com With each new technical writing contract over the past few years, I seem to add a new non-disclosure agreement to my NDA folder. While not every technical writer can work on articles and documents that are in the … “5 tips for managing writing samples as a technical writer”

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The three shades of ghostwriting

With the popularity of content marketing and corporate blogging, it’s obvious there’s a whole lot of ghostwriting going on. Corporate CEOs, executives, and top engineers creating content takes them away from their day jobs. Here are the three shades of ghostwriting: 1. Acceptance Some organizations … “The three shades of ghostwriting”

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