Category Archives: Technical Writing

Documentation Plan: How to Get Started

Preparing a Documentation Plan involves several different activities. Depending on the complexity of the project you may want to change the depth of the plan, but most plans will include: Overview Resource Requirements Schedule Deliverables Tip: Documentation plans are also known as Information Development plans. In this article, we’ll look at Resource Requirements and Scheduling. Creating […]

Common errors in technical writing

Intrepid offier notes from a session of the Mumbai chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The first session was by Gurudutt Kamath, who is probably the most well-known figure in the tech writing community in India. “My interest in attending the session arose cause someone I know was also speaking there, and also because […]

Where are all the tech writer jobs?

Doug Davis from ProEdit asks some interesting questions about the state of the tech writing industry, in particular, the demand for new writers. “You sit in your favorite comfy chair and open the Sunday newspaper. The economy is steadily improving. Good. Unemployment rates are down. Nice. You’ve seen all the data. You’ve read the reports. […]

Demand for Business Writers increases

I’ve been tracking the number of hits on Google for Business Writers recently and noticed that the demand, or at least the number of hits, has increased in the past six months. Right now, Nov 2006, Google shows the following hits: Technical Writer – 2.34 million webpagesBusiness Writer – 1.6 million webpagesProposal Writer – 1.25 […]

What technical documents does a Java banking project need?

I was recently asked how to start documentating for a Banking solution which is been developed in Java on Open-Source platform. What kind to documents should i write for this project? Now, there isn’t much to go on here, so… It depends on what the client actually wants. Here’s what I’d do: 1. Ask the […]

How to Write Effective Selling Proposals

Alan Rigg Depending upon how much you enjoy writing, writing sales proposals can be a joy, purgatory, or something in between. However, if you sell a complex product or one that involves the delivery of professional services, learning how to writeeffective selling proposals can be critical to your success. Some proposals are written in response […]

Need Inspiration to Write Articles? Check Your Stats!

Charles Essmeier One of the best ways to promote a Website inexpensively is to write articles about your Website s topic and submit them to free content sites. These sites are easily found; just type submit free content into your favorite search engine. Each article you write will have a resource box that includes your […]

Crafting a Request for Proposal

By Basil TeslerCrafting an RFP takes a lot of time and effort. Responding to an RFP is an expensive and time-consuming piece of work, too. Only a comprehensive RFP will make it easy for potential vendors to draw up their proposals and save your own time in the long run. Crafting a Request for Proposal […]

How much can I make as a Tech Writer?

The median expected salary for a typical Technical Writing Supervisor 1 in the United States is $57,580. The Salary Wizard at salary.com has some terrific interactive tools for finding the base salaries, average salaries, and top paying roles in this field. They also offer the “Basic Salary Report based on broad national data, reported exclusively […]

Usability vs Information Architecture

Though the terms Usability and Information Architecture are often understood to be the same thing, this is not true. Usability This tends to study a person’s ability to do (i.e. use) something, such as reading text on a webpage. Usability is not restricted to the web and is used across many industry sectors. For example, […]