Think about a squirrel in a frenzy to gather its family's late Fall nuts. That's me trying to get enough information. Lucky for me, because I spend a good part of my day as a Technical Writer. We’ve been around for years and years, of course, spinning geeky language into plain English. Prioritizing, organizing, interviewing, writing, testing, and training along the way.
I have worked on various technical and business writing projects since 1991. During this bewildering number of years, I have developed corporate and adult education training materials, process documentation, application user manuals, operations manuals, FDA submission documentation for medical devices and drugs, online help, web content, computer systems validation packages, and internal procedures to the standard required for Sarbanes-Oxley, ITIL, and CobiT compliance. I have also developed nontechnical material, such as process improvement and strategic plans, newsletters for political and non-profit organizations, educational articles, web copy, and biographical pieces for publication.
My experience working in various industries provides me with a versatility that a lot of other technical writers don't have. Some of my career has been spent serving in Business Analyst and Developer roles. This technical foundation gives me an advantage on documentation projects: a proven ability to quickly identify and discern usable information and communicate it clearly to any audience.
On a more personal note, I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, all by myself now after losing a son first to college and then to his very own adult life, and then losing a 17-year-old beagle named Sabrina to her life in the fields beyond. This means I'm shakily navigating uncharted territories, but gratefully, I'm finding my way and, of course, documenting it.