Everything I Need to Know As a Technical Writer I Learned In High School

Not many of us started off here. Although it seems that the field has been growing steadily for twenty years, there haven’t historically been a lot of technical writing programs, and thus most technical writers began their professional lives as…something else. Of the technical writers I heard from, only four had been through a dedicated […] Continue reading ...

Conquering the Cubicle Syndrome

I’m going to violate one of the cardinal rules of technical writing, and alienate my audience right off the bat: I’ve never worked in a cubicle. But (here’s where I try to regain your sympathy) I have worked for long periods of time under similar circumstances, and what I humbly dub “the cubicle effect” extends […] Continue reading ...

Inspiring Reviewers to Review Your Tech Writing Documents

Even the most skillful technical writers face the task of persuading Subject Matter Experts (“SMEs”) to review our documentation for technical correctness; after all, they’re the experts, not us. If pressed, even the most reluctant SMEs acknowledge the value of these reviews. For example, where the interface is in a state of flux, you may […] Continue reading ...