Category Archives: Writing Techniques

Grammar, style guides, audience, and other ways to make your writing stand out.

Why Should I Use Active Voice Again?

Why Should I Use Active Voice Again?

Every teacher you had in school admonished you: “Use active voice! Eliminate ‘to be’ verbs!” And so we did. And most of us continue to try to keep it out of our technical documents to this day. But have you ever really asked yourself, “why?” In school, the practice forced us to expand our vocabularies:… Continue Reading

Technical Communication Isn’t Marketing – Except When It Is

Technical Communication Isn’t Marketing – Except When It Is

There’s a saying in the embroidery community: “blackwork is done in black thread, except when it’s not.” This applies to the line between technical documentation and marketing docs as well. My background is in User Documentation for software applications. In general, User Guides aren’t considered a marketing document. But at one company I worked for,… Continue Reading