Random and recent projects: It’s way too hot outside edition

We are experiencing some record heat in Northern Virginia right now. It’s so hot I’m staying inside to catch up on some personal and freelance projects and not going to the pool. Here are some things I’m working on this weekend: Some willkelly.com content updates … “Random and recent projects: It’s way too hot outside edition”

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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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