Ambiguity should signal ownership for technical writers

Too many technical writers live in style guides, single sourcing, FrameMaker, processes, and methodologies. They can sometimes escape from the business of software development. This monk like college advanced composition teacher existence can separate the technical writer from the realities of today’s dysfunctional workplace.When facing down ambiguity, technical writers have two choices: Wallow in the… Continue reading Ambiguity should signal ownership for technical writers

Weird things I saw when I was a contract technical writer

I’ve been out of full-time contracting for almost two years and recently thought back to some of the stranger things I saw during the contract technical writer chapter of my life: A fellow contractor was posting nude pictures of his wife on Usenet from his client account. He was busted and walked offsite by armed… Continue reading Weird things I saw when I was a contract technical writer

Reflections on my technical writing career

I was once asked in a job interview: “Why do I stay a technical writer when it must be such a dull and boring profession?”  After the meeting when I was peeling rubber out of the parking lot, I took a few moments when I was decelerating to think about some of the more interesting… Continue reading Reflections on my technical writing career

Lessons learned from working as a computer book industry technical reviewer

I was a computer book technical reviewer earlier in my career. It was a freelance gig, but I still consider the work one of the more formative chapters in my professional writing career even though it wasn’t writing work. Computer book technical reviewers sometimes called technical editors are responsible for ensuring the technical accuracy of… Continue reading Lessons learned from working as a computer book industry technical reviewer