My Relationship to Writing & an Exposé of Textocentrism

When I began writing and thinking of myself as a “writer”, my perception of what “writing” is was very linear. To be fair, I was in early elementary school when I decided I wanted to be a writer, but this perception lasted at least until the beginning of my college years. It wasn’t until I …

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Is Grant Writing “Bloodless Narrative” or Shared Story?

“Clear prose doesn't mean abstract and lifeless writing. Solid argument doesn't mean bloodless narrative.” - “Three Keys to Writing Good Narratives (Grant Writing Tips) After working for nearly five months on a directed study centered around a storytelling-based app in May of 2018 (not including the month I spent with a group developing the idea as …

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Writing, Design, and a Brief Critique of Comic Sans

I took advanced English classes throughout high school, and not once did any of my teachers focus on anything other than the written essay. I graduated with critical thinking skills, a knack for analysis, and experience in composition, but I had never learned that there was more to writing than just a carefully constructed paper …

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Humanistic Rhetoric & “Mediation”

A quote by David N. Dobrin in his piece What's Technical about Technical Writing? was very interesting to me. He states that teaching technical writing should not be described as teaching students to write manuals or technical prose. Rather, it should be described as teaching students how to make their work useful to the people they …

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5 Easy Tips for Easy Collaboration

Working with others is definitely unavoidable and sometimes necessary—but it doesn't have to be difficult! Here are some collaboration tips that will make your next group effort go as smoothly as possible. Establish a Common Goal What is it that you're trying to accomplish? Whether it be a big project with a large group or …

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An (Academic) Year in Review

From volunteering for the Society for Technical Communication to creating this blog, I’ve had a pretty busy year. I believe that I have accomplished a lot in attempting to further my future career. I would like this blog post to examine my realizations and thoughts on the field of technical writing and communication as this …

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Why Be a Technical Writer?

What are the advantages of becoming a technical writer? It’s a profession with a daunting name. As I discussed in an earlier post, it can be unclear whether the emphasis is on “technical” or “writer”. It’s actually on both. There’s also an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, new experiences, and job security. Technical writing is a …

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