So much of my job as a technical writer is spent finding mistakes. And yet, when you ask Google what the most important skills are for technical writing, you will be told things like "ability to write" or "familiarity with technology". Those aren't wrong, but they ignore something very important.
Process mapping and improvement are some of the most important skills you can develop in a typical office-style workplace. Because without them, productivity can be greatly reduced. This post exemplifies that with a story from my workplace. But the TLDR version is: use process mapping.
I recently finished an online 6-week technical writing course through a local university. In this article, I talk about whether I found the course valuable, and if I think you should enrol in one.
This article outlines a somewhat typical work day for a technical writer during the Covid-19 pandemic. That is, a typical day for a technical writer who also acts as a project coordinator, data analyst, and administrator.
Technical writing and knowledge translation are popular (and growing) fields. However, for those who have dabbled in both, they probably seem quite similar. In this article, I explore the similarities and differences.