The death of technical writing, part 2

In my last post, I suggested a few reasons why technical writing is dying. And it is, at least as a career with a single focus on writing documentation for end users.

What’s happening, and what do we need to do?

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Learning how to ask for more resources

I’ve spent a large chunk of time this week building a case for hiring a technical support person. This has been a difficult, time-consuming process, and I’ve been thinking about how I’ve done this sort of thing before, and why it’s difficult now.

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Overcoming the tyranny of the blank page

I realized that since I keep encouraging writing groups to collaborate with other teams, I should provide some advice. It’s one thing to say “Go do this!” But that does require work, and the least I can do is give you advice that’s helped me.

So here’s one: Don’t present your would-be collaborators with a blank page. If you’re a writer, or if you’ve written anything, ever, you know how daunting a blank page can be. For someone who doesn’t write that often, it’s even worse.

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