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Primary skills of a technical writer

August 10, 2009

The first skill a technical writer should have, of course, is writing. You should be able to write in a clear,

concise manner.

The second skill you should have is knowledge of a technical subject. My emphasis has always been in the field of computers,

which is probably the largest segment of the technical writing market. Your knowledge can be in many other areas, however,

such as science, medicine, engineering, mechanics, or law. At minimum, you should know the Microsoft Office suite of applications,

especially Microsoft Word. Beyond Office, there is Adobe FrameMaker, which is used in many technical-writing environments.

In addition, you should try to develop interviewing skills, because you will probably find yourself interviewing technical people to

get the information you need for your documents.

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