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August 21, 2017
Edits made to LECTURE 44 - Reformat Text as Table
August 18, 2017
Joseph Manduke finished the course with his final assignment “How to Write for Kindle User Guide.” Good job Joe! Well done.
August 10, 2017
WEEKLY UPDATE: "How to Find a Technical Writing Job -- Some Practical Ideas and Suggestions" (for registered students only)
August 8, 2017
Jonathan Aquino finished the course by submitting a highly-technical user guide: “NETGEAR User Guide – Configuration for VOIP Devices." Well done Jonathan!
Another great final assignment: “iRobot Roomba Quick Start Guide” by Moran Huli. Well done Moran, congratulations!
Kathy Murphy has finished the course with her great final assignment document “How to Create Christmas Cards: A User’s Guide for Microsoft Publisher." Well done Kathy!
August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Gillian Thompson who finished the course successfully with her final assignment “Brita Infinity User Guide” ! Nice job.
Serena Raymond finished the course with her final assignment “Setting Up a Google Analytics Account the Right Way.” Well done Serena!
Congratulations to Tina Collins who finished the course with her rigorously-structured final assignment “Beethoven’s Brew Coffee House: Beverage Manual." Well done.
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Technical writing has consistently been selected over the years as one of the "100 Best Jobs" in America. It performs an irreplaceable support function in many sectors and provides a stable and consistent way for writers to earn a good living.
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Obviously this course alone cannot guarantee that you will find a lucrative job right away but you will learn how to create your first technical document which you can use in applying for a technical writing position.
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Welcome to Technical Writing and Editing! In this course we have a lot to cover, ranging from techniques of technical writing to template development and the proper way to use images and graphics. You'll be guided along with videos, exercises, and supporting materials. We'll help you develop your own technical document (say, a User Guide). Those who complete that assignment successfully will receive a handsome "Completion Certificate". We have a lot to cover together.
Sometimes it is okay to write with passive voice. HINT: See page 3 of the "100 Active Passive Exercises" Workbook.
Knowing how to write a procedural task properly is a key skill for a technical writer because we write procedural tasks on a daily basis. That’s the heart of any technical document. Once you learn the basic principles, it’ll become a second nature and you'll write such tasks easily, almost on automatic drive.
Developing a style, or adopting an existing Style Guideline, has two important advantages in technical writing:
1) A document with consistent terminology, headings, and style in general builds confidence and trust in the reader. If your document has a lot of “variance” (please see the lecture about the importance of eliminating variance), the users become suspicious about the truth value of the content as well. You must avoid that by sticking to a consistent style and writing guideline. As someone quipped, “good techncial writing is boring” since it is consistent without any “creative” flourishes and variations. It is “boring” by design.
2) Writing a document according to a pre-planned style and content guideline is much easier than the other alternative. When you have a style guideline you don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time you need to start a procedural task or write a figure caption, etc. We’ll explain what we mean by that down below. A guideline is a major productivity tool. It’s your best friend.
Eliminating what is not necessary is an important and core editing principles. Ninety nine percent of the time a sentence is not easy to understand because it has too much stuff in it. Such sentences have unnecessary verbs, nouns, clichés, phrases. Once you cut them out, the sentence starts to breathe.
Continuing with our elimination method… "Less is more" as the famous minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said.
One interesting way to learn how to write clean and lean sentences is to do the reverse: to start with a lean sentence and create a “monster” out of it by adding all kinds of unnecessary nouns, verbs and clichés. The end result may look like some of the technical statements we unfortunately encounter daily. Enjoy the “demolition derby”!
Whenever possible avoid negative writing.
Negative writing creates an unpleasant state of mind in the reader and triggers a needless defensive reflex even when what you are saying is true and beneficial for the audience.
Medicine does not need to taste bitter. Try expressing the same idea in a positive manner.
Do not introduce ambiguity where there is none by using the word “should.”
A great technical editing method to untangle a run-on sentence that reads like a ball of tangled up wires is to identify the agent of each action mentioned in the sentence.
Creating templates is what professional technical writers do on a regular basis. In this introduction, we explain the basics of creating a MS Word template. Setting the margins, columns, page orientation, and main paragraph styles is crucial to configuring a correct page layout for a MS Word document. Here we demonstrate how you can do that.
MS Word does an excellent job of assigning multilevel numbering to indented headings that use the paragraph tags listed in the HOME tab. However, there are two important points that you need to pay attention to, as explained in this video.
Where does the copyright information typically get published in a technical document?
Fortune 100 technical communicator and educator since 1998. The hi-tech companies he worked for include ADP, Fannie Mae, and Honeywell.
Ugur started his professional career as a senior translator for NATO Hqs. LSE. He has worked as a writer, translator, editor and publisher since the mid-80s.
For his copy writing clients, Ugur created all kinds of marketing materials and press releases while honing his skills as a Desk Top Publisher and even publishing a biweekly magazine for a number of years by using DTP techniques.
In mid-90s we see Ugur as a full-time accredited journalist, covering the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Congress for a daily publication.
In 1998, Ugur has discovered the joy of technical writing, marrying his love of science and technology to his artistic sensibilities and design skills.
Working for Fortune 100 hi-tech corporations like Fannie Mae, ADP, and Honeywell, Ugur created many user guides, system admin guides, reference sheets, release notes, quick start guides, and all kinds of similar software, hardware and networking documents, sometimes as a part of an international documentation team.
Ugur enjoys teaching a wide variety of writing, software tools, content development, and document design skills both online and also in person.
He is a Toastmaster (CC), an active senior member and Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and a Past President of his award-winning local chapter, STC Washington D.C. -- Baltimore.
With decades of writing and technical communication experience under his belt, Ugur teaches not only the general principles of good writing and content development but also the insider tips that will save you a lot of grief and headaches. Learn software documentation and different kinds of writing from an industry professional who is still working in this exciting field.