Unveiling the Mystery of Proposal Writing

 

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Any technical writer on the prowl for a new position will find dozens of positions for proposal writing. But proposals are a beast all their own. Some people love them. Others despise them. Few understand them until they get the experience. I’m hoping to dispel a bit of the mystery here and help maybe some of you decide whether proposal writing is right for you.

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How to Create Templates

Plain and simple: offices should have a standard look and feel for their documents. This gives documentation a recognizable identity and communicates to the audience that what they’re reading is updated and relevant. Ideally, this is achieved by developing and maintaining templates for office use. These templates could be for memos, procedures, meeting minutes, or any other documentation. So if you’re starting from scratch, how do you put together templates that are useful?

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How I Manage 4 Jobs at Once

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Those of you who know me personally know that I love to joke about how I have four jobs. Now let me be clear, I have a single employer, receive a single paycheck, and supposedly work a 40 hour week. Nonetheless, I have found myself with four bosses, at various locations, assigning me a multitude of different tasks. So how did I get here? And more importantly, how do I manage?
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Best Advice: Don’t Write Every Day

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When you’re a writer, either personally or professionally, there is one piece of advice everyone seems to dole out: write every day. Write on a schedule. Write like it’s your job. If you throw your creative juices at a dart board long enough, you’ll hit a bullseye. And I have to tell you, I have never found something to be less true.
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New on the Job? 5 Documents to Find Your First Week

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When entering a new position, there you have a limited amount of time to get a lot of information. The knowledge base you form within the first week will determine the first months on the job. It will also affect how well you perform your job and function in the office as a whole. So which documents should technical writers ask for when they walk in the door?
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