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A Day in the Life of a Technical Communication Student

Today is a fairly busy day for me. I need to be in class and to work on assignments in media studies and web design. I have a little bit of time devoted to work as well, and I plan to spend a little bit of time socializing in order to stay sane. It's a typical day in the life of a technical communication student. Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part I: Being a Techie Writer

What's the difference between a "technical" writer and a technical "writer"? Depends on who you ask, but it can often be measured in tens of thousands of dollars annually, dramatically reduced frustration in working with developers and engineers, freedom to work more independently, effectively, and efficiently than you thought possible, and even in the ability to telecommute or freelance more readily. Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part II: Becoming a Techie Writer

Just for perspective, I'm writing this not as a techie who thinks he knows the secrets, but rather as an inveterate geek who nonetheless started his first technical writing job with minimal (inadequate) proficiency with Word Perfect 4.2 and his second with a hazy notion at best of what a network might actually be. As a matter of fact, in my first technical writing job, I spent hours reformatting text because I didn't know how to use table cells to make text align properly, and I had to be forcefully dragged into using styles rather than a simple formatting (Shift-F5, I believe) command. That said, I'm now a reasonably techie technical writer ... Continue reading ...