Two weeks ago, my phone broke. It was a cheap phone. It wasn’t smart in any way. You simply don’t need a smartphone when you have an iPad at your disposal. I thought about getting a new phone, but for the past two weeks, it’s actually been quite nice getting by without one. There’s an […]
I have a scar on my right thumb from when I was five years old and decided to peel my own orange with a steak knife.
Collaboration is a skill, just like any other. The more you do it, the better you get at it. The better you are at collaboration, the better the results of that collaboration will be.
At heart I am a writer. You can apply all sorts of modifications to this title, but it comes closest to defining me even when Iâ€™m not making a cent.
Research Research skills are the most underrated but essential tools in a technical writer’s skillset. Research means a lot of things: reading technical specifications, interviewing subject matter experts, finding information on the Internet, watching people use the product. Technical writers tend to spend much more time on research than on actual writing. Collaboration As a […]
Discussing money is always difficult when it comes to jobs. People tend to exaggerate (and sometimes downplay) how much money they make. Also, because of the variation in benefits, a job that pays $50,000 a year might be a better deal than a job that pays $60,000 a year if the first job has benefits […]
There was a cool breeze this morning. To some of you that may not mean much, but if you are living in the Arizona desert and a cool breeze occurs in August, it is something to be cherished. It is all the more amazing to have one when the sky is relatively clear with just a few pinkish white clouds. Sure, it wonâ€™t last the day, but at least you were there for it so take a deep, deep breath.
Most writers, even successful novelists, have jobs. They are teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, advertising executives, auto mechanics and grocery store clerks. Some are technical writers, copywriters, editors and proofreaders. It is certainly possible to freelance full-time, but many writers collect paychecks along with their invoices. This is especially true in the worlds of poetry and […]
What are the primary skills of a technical writer? How do I become a technical writer? What should I take in College? I have no experience, how do I get my first job? Do I need a sample? What is the best way to look for a job? What should my resume look like? What kind of cover letter should I use? What should I ask for in negotiations? What is a good rate? Is it better to take a permanent job or a contract? Why are there more contract/consultant jobs then there are permanent jobs? Why don’t more companies value technical writing? What types of documents do technical writers create?