In a recent survey, 69 tech writers said they often experience “blocked” periods of time when it’s difficult to write.
Slides often seem to collect undigested information. Could sentence headers help? Sentences require verbs, which force us to say something
It seems that writing our rationale for a decision helps us make that decision objectively. What evidence is there for
The way that options are presented shapes the choice we make. Even insurance professionals take more or less risk depending on the way a situation is framed. Is there a way to make more grounded decisions?
By paying more attention to important signals, we can understand them better, and glimpse their unsaid meanings too. But we’ll have to slow down – to hold our nerve like a value investor, or patiently wait as if with a passive index.
What do you do with your new ideas? The connections and sparks that pop to mind when you’re in the shower; in a presentation; on a bus.
“Avoid it”, the style guides write, “unless you really know what you are doing”. The implication is you don’t.
Microsoft Word now puts its wiggly line under two spaces in a row. A lot of people are happy, and I’m happy that they’re happy, because maybe “semantic authoring” in a small sense is taking root.
Modern ways of using metadata connect groups, countries, and organizations. Structured content such as DITA XML provides powerful ways to work with this metadata, but also challenges.
John Carroll’s sound instructional principles became known as Minimalism — a term that would frequently be mistaken for the idea of just writing less.