Foundations: The Role of the Technical Editor

Are you a writer that works with a technical editor? If so, consider yourself fortunate; many technical writers don't have the luxury of an editor's services. Writers on a project team often edit each other's documents, while writers who work alone may have no choice but to edit their own work. Writing and editing are distinct processes; each requires a different skill set and focus. Continue reading ...

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Technical Writing Humor: The Sidelines on Job Interviews

I think I have finally figured out interviews. People doing interviews are clever, calculating, and psychic, and they know I drove in an old beato-matic Volvo with no glove compartment. (Actually, it does have a glove compartment, but it's in the trunk right now.) Interviewers ask tricky questions, they have ulterior motives, and they see directly into your soul. Continue reading ...

Sliding into Technical Writing

I entered this career using a combination of persistence and dumb luck. I wanted to become a tech writer when I was in college, but the career ladder didn’t exist then as it does now. My parents cautioned me not to pursue it. They didn’t understand that one could make a living by writing instructions. […] Continue reading ...