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Writers & Editors in Collaboration: Nothing Succeeds Like Teamwork
The field of Technical Writing has matured over the years, leaving the senior professionals in complete awe of rapidly enhancing technologies.
As a Writer, Editor, Content Developer, and Instructional Designer, I've had the good fortune of working with many top-notch companies over the last 20 years with some periods of unemployment in between! Even the years that I have not actively earned, I have constantly stayed in touch with this field's ever changing principles and practices. When I was in United States, I had participated in STC's events and though I've not renewed my STC membership here In India, my favorite websites are still STC.org, TWIN, and intercom Online.
As a senior and experienced Technical Writer, I would like to share my vast, hands-on experiences with various types of projects --- large, medium, and small. I have gained a wealth of knowledge in subject areas such as:
- The importance of audience analysis in any writing project
- Topic research, scoping, and task-orientation
- Doc Plans and Post-Mortem forms
- Differences between Manuals and Process documents
- Online help development - from Robohelp to Webhelp
- Developing training modules -- ID principles and practices in real-time projects
- Marketing Communications or MARCOM
- Web Content writing --- from keyword analysis to SEO-centric prose
- Being an Editor & QA Specialist--- editing chapters and indexes
- Handy Checklists for use
Technical writers write with a wide variety of objectives in mind:
They write to inform, they write to instruct, they write to teach,
and they write to sell. So they need a combination of different skills.
Hope to publish an e-book on this topic in future!
My main objective in sharing the information I've gathered over the last 20 years is providing a centralized repository or knowledgebase for new and upcoming technical communicators who will ultimately branch off to their specialized territory after some years. I've never been a "Manager" so I've intentionally skipped any reference to or discussion of project management. But, as a Senior Writer, I've led teams and possess many skills that ultimately build a Technical Writing Manager or a Project Manger.
On some location on this website, I'll preserve those valuable project-management skills and tools that have been of immense help to me and may also be of use to many future professionals.
Follow these important links on the subject of Technical Writing:
- What Is Technical Writing?
- Technical Writer (According to US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
- How to Become a Technical Writer
Tech Writing and Journalism: Yes, there Are Parallels
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Rejoinder on Quality Issues of Content: In the Scheme of Things