7 Traits of a Good Technical Writer

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After working 20 years in the New York City region, I’ve identified 7 personality traits of a good technical writer. They:

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  • Write and edit well
  • Learn quickly and holistically
  • Speak well and often (but not too often)
  • Enjoy learning about technology
  • Perform independent research
  • Operate well in a support role (not the center of attention) and
  • Take pride in refining their craft.

Many people are shocked to hear that getting started as a technical writer does NOT require technical knowledge. Sounds like a contradiction, right? There’s a very good reason for the confusion.