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7 Habits of Highly Effective Technical Writers

A Technical Writer’s maximum potential can be uncovered through developing these 7 habits, regardless of which country they are operating in:

Do not take it personally

1. Do not take it personally (learn)

Great technical writers thrive on criticism. They understand  that it enables them to improve, and to improve the accuracy and readability of their content. So, don't take criticism personally. Use it to your advantage.

Learn before asking

2. Learn before asking (respect, impress)

Learn as much as you can from available resources before asking questions. In this way, you can respect others' time and impress your colleagues with your ability to ask intelligent questions.

Ask

3. Ask (often)

Technical writing requires good people skills. Don't attempt it alone. Ask questions. Ask for help.

Rewrite

4. REWRITE (always)

Pick 3 of your favorite writers. If you were able to see their first drafts, you'd probably think, "I can do much better." The best writers in the world are the best re-writers. Always rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite some more.

Acquire Feedback

5. Acquire Feedback (test, reviews)

Technical writing is almost never 100% on the first draft. Without adequate testing and review, accuracy is often unattainable. Make sure you get the feedback you need to excel.

Understand

6. Understand (before publishing)

When you start, you may not fully understand your subject matter. That's fine. By the time you publish, make sure you do understand. If you don't understand what you write, your readers are not likely to understand it, either.

Contribute

7. Contribute

Notice things. Does the prototype work as expected? Are the user interface labels capitalized consistently? Ask questions. Make suggestions. Be a part of the product team.

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Published August 22, 2019
2 months ago