General Technical Writing

Strange But True Technical Writing Stories

NTRODUCTION For twenty years, I worked as a contract technical writer in New York City. Most contracts began with a 3- or 6-month term but were extended. I worked at about two dozen different companies and organizations. And I collected some “strange but true” experiences. These stories are true. I hope you enjoy them. MY …

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9 Common Mistakes When Seeking Your First Technical Writing Job

1) Focusing on a Full-Time Position We all know the ideal partner doesn’t exist, that life does not follow a Disney script, but many of us persist in the illusion that a perfect partner-for-life is out there somewhere. Likewise, we often persist in believing that a perfect full-time position awaits us that will nourish our …

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The 10 Most FAQs About Technical Writing

Introduction This is my take on a nearly 10-year-old post, “​Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions,” (About Technical Writing) by Tom Johnson. Most of what Tom says in his original post is valid today. His blog, I’d Rather Be Writing, is the most visited blog by a technical writer. (My online course was featured not too …

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The Insider’s Guide to Becoming a (Contract) Technical Writer

Introduction Not all technical writers understand contracting. Some have always worked as employees. They’ve never had to review a contract or even understand what goes into one. Even if they’ve hired contractors, they’ve encountered only a slice of the contracting lifecycle. The following is based on my 20 years as a technical writing contractor in …

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9 Questions Tech Writers Should Ask Before Signing a Contract

Who am I? As a long-time contract technical writer in New York City, I’ve interviewed about 70 times. When I began, I had no clue what questions to ask. Back in 2000, the (contract) game was slower. The process, simpler. But new technical writers today seem as clueless about contract technical writing as I was (over …

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15 Essential Links for NEW Technical Writers

Get Started with These Essential Links for Technical Writers Jump into Technical Writing with 15 Links PS: A hands-on, real world technical writing course. Jump on the wait list: becometechnicalwriter.com WORD PROCESSORS • microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/word (Yes, it’s antique, but it has the best templates and some companies still rely on it for many documents. See below, “Microsoft …

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