Often, a technical writer must first research the topic they are writing about so strong research skills are also important. This ranges from power searching on Google, to knowing how to leverage expert sites such as the writers write. There are more online resources than ever before, here are a few worth trying:
- Onelook has a reverse dictionary feature, if you can't think of a word, simply enter its definition and Onelook gives you a list.
- Wordspy tries to track the new words being used in publications. Such things should be used sparingly, but when you are trying to establish a perception of being "with it" or when targeting a younger crowd, this can be helpful.
- SANS Reading Room, contains the largest collection of security research papers on the Internet
- Argumentative Essays, a primer on argumentation (a persuasive research paper)
- Most colleges and universities provide students with a large number of research tools. As a writer, it may be worth considering taking courses to maintain access, or potentially working part time for an educational institution. For instance, here are the tools available to University of Washington students.
- Wise Old Sayings
is a source for opening statements.
- How would you style a document to address a technical audience?
- Describe your experience with network infrastructures.
- Have you ever created any online help?