What’s the Difference Between Reusing and Repurposing Information?

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Defining Key Terms In technical writing circles, the terms reuse and repurpose are often thrown about synonymously. However, there are distinctions between simply reusing text and repurposing information. Reuse is simply copying text from one location and using it again—verbatim—in other locations. You’ll often see reuse of text in social media posts: a marketing message […]

How Do Tech Writers Use Visual Elements to Depict Data?

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Technical communicators have many reasons for incorporating visual data (specifically tables, charts, and graphs) into their work: they make text easier to understand, they often save on production costs, and translation to other languages is usually easier. So, the problem for many writers isn’t if to include charts, graphs, etc.; the problem may be when […]

How Can Technical Writers Help You Maximize Your Social Media Marketing?

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Social media is changing the way people communicate—communication is now constant, prolific, and global. And, most businesses looking to grow have integrated social media into their marketing strategies. And, it’s working! But, if you’re new to the game, you may not fully understand how and why to use these outlets. You can find all kinds […]

How to Avoid Translation Mishaps

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In today’s global marketplace, business owners must ensure that their publications are readable by all their intended audiences. And while many businesspeople around the world do speak English, they may not speak American English or understand American English language usages. So, translation and localization are often key to the success of published documents. What’s the […]

Grammar for the Technical Writer: Is There an App for That?

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All technical writers, novice or expert, rely on tools to make their jobs easier. In a writer’s toolbox, you’ll generally find reliable references, such as a dictionary and/or thesaurus (although technical writers probably don’t use a thesaurus too often), a grammar resource, and a spelling correction resource. Below, you’ll find a list of resources—specifically mobile apps—that […]

How Do Technical Writers Use Social Media?

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What’s the big deal? Social media is changing the way people communicate—communication is constant, prolific, and global. So, if you’re looking to share your craft with the world, you better jump on the social media bandwagon! This article will explain how and why technical writers are using some of the more popular social media outlets: […]

How to Make the Most of a Style Guide

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What is a style guide? A style guide is a reference for writers. Think of it as a dictionary of sorts, but one that documents decisions rather than definitions. Style guides essentially serve as a roadmap to consistency. Let’s face it: writers have options, and most writers follow their own preferences where they can. But, […]

Guide to Successful Proofreading

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Proofreading a document can be a challenging assignment for many people. But proofreading your own writing can be downright impossible since we often read what we meant to write, and not what we actually wrote. How can you find mistakes in your writing? Here are some helpful tips you can use the next time you’re […]

What Should You Read Before You Write?

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Recommended Reading for Technical Writers (and those who want to be) While the reading needs of technical writers differ, we can offer a few suggestions for essential reading. Consider your own ability, experience, and reason for writing; then, sift through this list of recommendations to find what’s best for you. For General Reading on Technical Communication If […]

Can You be a Technical Writer?

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Describing a Technical Writer If you have a knack for writing well, and you’re a lover of learning, you might just have what it takes to become a technical writer. The purpose of technical writing is to deliver quality technical communication that users may use efficiently, effectively, and safely. So, the two most important skills […]