Content with the Technical: Portfolio Creation and Industry Variation

Content with the Technical: Portfolio Creation and Industry Variation— identifies the basic elements of creating a new portfolio along with some insight into managing different sample types by industry.

Content with the Technical: Writing— Meaningful Growth and Habits

Content with the Technical: Writing— Meaningful Growth and Habits outlines some tips and strategies for adhering to a professional writing schedule along with the benefits of project focused writing.

Content with the Technical: Active Reading – Curiosity Feeds Effective Communication

Content with the Technical: Active Reading – Curiosity Feeds Effective Communication examines some of the benefits of sticking to a reading schedule as a new writer along with a few strategies for keeping up with it.

Content with the Technical: Balancing Structure— The Long and Short Sentence

Content with the Technical: Balancing Structure— The Long and Short of Sentences examines the nuance between them along with some pitfalls to avoid when drafting narratives and copy.

Content with the Technical: Variation, Variant, and (of course) Variety

Content with the Technical: Variation, Variant, and (of course) Variety offers additional editing insights and strategies for successfully finding the right word.

Content with the Technical: OUTLINES MADE EASY!

Content with the Technical: Outlines Made Easy expands upon last week’s post by identifying the elements of an outline with examples.

Content with the Technical: Drafting Deliverables by Outline

Content with the Technical Blog 11 describes the best practices for drafting outlines for process narratives and step-by-step guides.

Content with the Technical: 10 Essential Reads for Technical Mastery

Happy New Year! I wish all of you a productive and safe new year! Before we get into the booklist, I’d just like to take a moment to thank all of the new followers! Thank you for leaving your email, we are getting closer and closer to hitting our first goal: 100 followers! So, let’sContinue reading “Content with the Technical: 10 Essential Reads for Technical Mastery”

Content with the Technical: 3 Strategies for Managing Jargon— Narrative and Process

A detailed look into three strategies for effectively managing your jargon entries, eliminating duplications, and the delays between retrieval!

Content with the Technical: A Last Stand for Style. . . Guides

So, we’ve spent some time discussing the characteristics of a style guide, (as they apply to simple product records on Amazon) but now it’s time to look at some actual examples of finished content. We will also breakdown the relevant pieces and try to define how/why it works. And afterwards (because it’s important to seeContinue reading “Content with the Technical: A Last Stand for Style. . . Guides”

Content with the Technical: Style and Tactic— a Field Guide for Effective Communication

When considering market copy at nearly any source— from the highest end of luxury vehicles to the simplest product records found on Amazon, a style guide ultimately drives sales, increases continuity, and increases user experience! That all sounds fantastic, I know, but what makes up a complete Style Guide? That is a question with manyContinue reading “Content with the Technical: Style and Tactic— a Field Guide for Effective Communication”

Content with the Technical: An Obvious Resource for Style . . .Guides

When it comes to style, the first place we should all turn towards is a technical writing blog. This is a given, right? Well, maybe we should start by defining the scope of our style– maybe even dropping the “style” bit and getting down to the business of style guides… nah, tech writers are knownContinue reading “Content with the Technical: An Obvious Resource for Style . . .Guides”

Content with the Technical: Doc Control— An Unlicensed Practice

Like the excellent bedside manner we find with all of our favorite television doctors, document control makes everything just a little easier. It’s important to remember that informative research and polished writing is rendered completely useless when doc control is lost. This is especially true when drafting longer pieces, anything over 10 to 15 pages–Continue reading “Content with the Technical: Doc Control— An Unlicensed Practice”

Content with the Technical: Research– Ins and Outs of the Net

Like we talked about last week, research and writing go together like one thing and another… I’m fond of a light spread of cream cheese and jelly on a bagel— but let’s keep it simple today like peanut butter. If you haven’t already, please go back to last week’s post as it serves as aContinue reading “Content with the Technical: Research– Ins and Outs of the Net”

Content with the Technical: Wait for it… Mind Mapping!

The immutable truth behind every technical and copy driven piece of writing is the same—good writing starts with good research. Today, I will show you how effective mind mapping can do all, if not most, of the heavy lifting for you—and in most cases all you’ll need to do is add verbs.  Sounds pretty great,Continue reading “Content with the Technical: Wait for it… Mind Mapping!”