Roundtable: Technically… writing
Because of its association with engineering and other non-literary fields, tech writing is often seen by the uninitiated as boring, or at best something only used to put food on the table (tech writing assignments that clarify instructions or technical topics, after all, generally pay better than most other forms of writing). However, when done well, tech writing is an exercise in efficiency, in getting the most information out to your audience with the least amount of words. Knowing something about how to do it can be useful, even to the most creative of writers.
This time around, our roundtable is going to focus less on personal experiences and more on areas of personal interest. If there is a general area of interest by participants, we may try to get a guest speaker to cover it at some future meeting. Of course, if someone has personal experience in any of the topics, and a good story to go along with that experience, we’re interested in hearing about it. But if you don’t have personal experience, just interest, we definitely want your participation in this discussion - please do come and share your thoughts. Some suggested areas of interest:
1. Techniques used for writing efficiently and clearly, tailored to a given audience.
2. Ways to generate inspiration for improved non-fictional writing (descriptions, instructions, etc.).
3. Routines used for efficient writing (selecting time of day, getting sleep, etc.).
4. Techniques for creating instructions.
5. How best to apply technical description to marketing.
6. Referencing legal norms or standards to literature.
7. The use of indexing in print and online writing.
8. Composition of short articles on technical topics.
9. Collaboration with technical people.
10. ANYTHING ABOUT TECHNICAL WRITING THAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT (you aren’t limited to any of these ideas, but your talk should relate to the theme).
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