Welcome to this blog hop! For a short time investment, you’ll learn a few things about me and three other writers and authors:
- Tracey Allen (Sustainable/Gluten-free/Passive Solar)
- Heather Grace Stewart (Poet/Screenwriter), and of course, yours truly,
- Paul Lima (Freelance Writer, Author)
I tap my enthusiasm for useful technology to write for both technology businesses and various publications. Editors may be interested in a selection of “evergreen” technology topics I’ve written extensively about, while businesses often want to know how I write, so I created a list of project writing tips on this page they can use to either DIY or learn how I write.
You can take the technical writer out of a technology company, but you can’t… uh, I’m not sure how to finish that statement. Regardless, my love of learning and passing on what I learn led to my blog, which contains tips on how to better use common, widespread technology.
My background as a learning designer and instructor also keeps me working on both course design and training, both formal and informal. (Yes, I’m the go-to person for tech support, in several circles.)
In fact, an online forum I created for the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) in 2012 led to the soon-to-be-published Master LinkedIn in 30 Steps: A Road Map. Another book in the works include guides on professional document design for amateurs.
My greatest success in writing? It will likely be the publication of the aforementioned books. I find the last mile to be the toughest.
No individual writer is a single greatest writing influence. I read widely, and I admire Stephen King for his ability to chill my bones, J.K. Rowling for injecting joy into fiction, and numerous nonfiction writers who bring potentially dry topics to life with their considerable talents.
Recommendation for business writers: I’ve recently rediscovered the revived BusinessWeek Magazine, which now explains business phenomena in the context of the wider societies in which business thrives or languishes. This tack makes for compelling stories.
Writing comes more easily if you have a passion for what you write. Lately I’ve been communicating with organizations that publish missions I can get behind, software I’m grateful for, articles that broaden my understanding of everything from the mundane to the spectacular to the surprising.
I could say much more, but this post seems lengthy enough. If you have any questions, ask them here.