Tag Archives: Technical Writing

Should I Join the STC?

Ben Minson makes some interesting points about the role of the STC (Society for Technical Communication) and the value it offers to its members. As an ‘outsider’ looking in, I have to confess to finding the STC a rather odd organization. A longer post is probably in order to discuss this.

Is it possible to get into technical writing without a degree?

I got this email during the week. The question was: is it worth the time and money to take a technical writing course? “I’ve been reading articles about Technical Writing and I’m thinking about a change in career. I’ve worked as a non-degreed Quality Engineer in the manufacturing industries. Writing quality documentations and SOPs was […]

Audience Analysis: Power Tools for Technical Writing

When discussing Audience Analysis, David McMurray points out that, “for most technical writers, this is the most important consideration in planning, writing, and reviewing a document. You “adapt” your writing to meet the needs, interests, and background of the readers who will be reading your writing.

How to Get Out of Technical Writing and into Better Paid Jobs

Many IT professionals, technical writers included, have seen their salaries frozen or reduced over the past 18 months. Contractors are suffering the same fate as short-term projects dry up. However, several of my colleagues have managed to move out of technical writing and into other, better paid lines of work. Here’s a roundup.

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 […]

3 Tricks to Sharpen Your Screenshots

Diagrams, charts, and images all serve to enhance academic, business and technical documents. Without them the reader’s attention would flag and their interest wane.

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 […]

Considering a move into Technical Writing

Allan Hoffman on Monster.com offers some excellent advice for anyone considering a move into Technical Writing. “To some people, any job with the word “writer” in the title looks like it must be a blast — the next best thing to working on episodes of “Desperate Housewives.” If spotting the job title technical writer in […]

Microsoft Word compared against Adobe Framemaker

This article compares Microsoft Word and Adobe FrameMaker by examining the following key areas: Ability to create Long DocumentsShort DocumentsUsing Microsoft Word as a DTP ToolPrinting and TypeCross-platform capabilitiesWord’s Nice and Not So Nice FeaturesImporting GraphicsIndexing Over the past decade, Adobe has created a suite of publications software, with FrameMaker fulfilling the role for documentation […]