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James Barakaat, MTSC

Technical Writer/Editor
for remote assignments.
Website Design

James Graves and Associates, Inc.
Technical Communication
Website Design and Internet Marketing

Chicago, IL - Phone: 773-991-9290
Louisville, KY - Phone: 502-276-1638

Writes Operation, Maintenance, and Repair of Electrical, Electronics, Electro-mechanical, and Computer Systems.
Websites Designed for Personal or Business use.

How to become a Technical Writer

A lot of writing in business is technical, but is not called "technical writing." The Society for Technical Communication (STC) defines it as a broad field including any form of communication that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: (1) communicating about technical or specialized topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures, or environmental regulations; (2) communicating through technology, such as web pages, help files, or social media sites; or (3) providing instructions about how to do something, regardless of the technical nature.

You can become a technical writer if you write well and become familiar with style guides that you can find in the library or on the Internet.
 Initially, you will want to become familiar with Microsoft Word as a writing tool. You can research other tools on the Internet but don't get too carried away with them at the expense of learning basic methodology for creating technical documentation that does not change. Writing tools are always changing and can be learned as needed.

Methodology for creating technical documentation involves five basic parts. Take a course and/or read articles/books to learn to do what is required in each of the five parts. It is easy to memorize the basic five-part methodology and always keep it in mind when interviewing for a Technical Writing position. Some call it "Information Mapping." See Five Steps to Writing Good Technical Documentation


Website Design and Internet Marketing

While many technical writers work for companies or freelance, there are many types of writing and the ultimate desire for most writers is to make money for what they write. You can get started as a high demand, Social Media Manager to help businesses with Social Media Marketing and Writing simple content. Social Media Writers wanted now!

If you don't already have a website or blog, you can build a website or blog with a hosting company where you can get a variety of programs and instructions (including Wordpress) to build your website or blog. You get everything you need, including a free domain name, email, mailing list program, autoresponder, etc.

To build a website or blog, you can use a full-featured hosting company I recommend. It provides 24/7 support for only $3.95 per month with a 30-day money back guarantee! I am a customer and affiliate with the hosting company and know that 30 days is plenty of time to build a blog or website. Check the hosting company here.