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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Advice from Experienced Technical Writers

I recently had the opportunity to job shadow the technical writing group at Thomson Reuters. Many of the technical writers there have worked in the field for more than fifteen years, and I was excited to talk with these experienced technical writers about various concerns and questions I had. We addressed a few main themes, …

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Reader Behavior

One of my favorite technical communication theories can be found in Chapter One: Understanding Readers of the book Techniques for Technical Communicators. This chapter, written by Janice C. Redish, considers a more active role of the reader and how technical communicators can use this knowledge to create more efficient and useful documentation. How Readers Work …

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Audience Involved

Robert R. Johnson began his article “Audience Involved: Toward a Participatory Model of Writing” with a foreword, in which he wrote, “Ultimately…I am speaking about power: the potential power of technical communicators and rhetoricians to be not only advocates for users and readers, but also to be agents for change in corporate and academic contexts.” …

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Balancing Content and Design

In Kristen Welch’s article "Poetry, Visual Design, and the How-To Manual: Creativity in the Teaching of Technical Writing”, she described her experiences as a professor teaching students technical writing. Although this article is an explanation of the teaching process, I found it to be a useful piece in thinking about technical writing and design, and …

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