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Preferred spellings in technical writing

Preferred spellings in technical writing

Here’s a quick round-up of a poll I ran about technical writers’ preferences for common computing terms.

I write for a predominantly British audience in UK English, but I sometimes have to use computing terms, which are usually written in American English (probably because of style guides such as the Microsoft Manual of Style). That can lead to an odd mixing of styles.

Recently, I’ve noticed more UK spellings creeping into technical communications about computing, and I wanted to get a feel for what others thought about this.

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Pen portraits – understanding your ideal audience

📚 This post is part of my business blogging guide.


Have you ever read a piece of writing that feels as though it were created just for you?

The author of that text will have thought about the audience – what they would need to know and how they should be made to feel about it. This is the essence of good, persuasive writing.

This post shows you how to build a picture of your ideal reader, so you write content suited to him or her. And that in turn will help turn those readers into customers and loyal fans.

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How much does technical writing cost?

How much does technical writing cost?

How much does technical writing and technical copywriting cost? In this post, I provide my own figures and point to data from the annual pay survey conducted by the Professional Copywriters’ Network (PCN).

⭐️ Summary for busy people

The PCN’s 2018 survey puts the average day rate for copywriting at £342.

My day rate is £395.

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Podcasts for editors

Podcasts for editors

One of my favourite ways to keep up to date with what other freelance editorial pros are doing is to listen to their podcasts. This is one of many strands in my continuing professional development, and is something I can do when I’m not at my desk. If you’ve never made a roast dinner while learning about how to deal with freelance writing clients, you haven’t lived!

So, which podcasts are on my must-listen list? Let’s take a look.

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