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Q&A Want to Expand my Writing Career as Freelancer [closed]

I've been working as a content writer and blogger for a few local agencies. I want to start freelancing this year but am slightly afraid to start. Could anyone help me how to start freelancing as a...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by proptijohn‭  ·  closed 4mo ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A How do I write a report analyzing a system's weaknesses and how to address them?

I was asked to prepare an overview of an existing IT architechture and provide a document that consists of weaknesses analysis and suggestions on how each of the weak spots can be improved. How to...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user40‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What content parts should a technical (IT) CV have?

I've been struggling for a while with my CV and I need help on deciding which sections should I include in it? I lack the formatting skill, I remember studying in school how to prepare my CV - ther...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by karla‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Can you use a semicolon to connect fragments that are one item in a vertical list?

I'm trying to write a numbered vertical list. The items are not complete sentences. Can you use a semicolon to connect two fragments that are one item? Receive guests; entertain guests Or, sho...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by happycrabapples‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do you pluralize a Roman numeral?

My work has Validation Engineers I, Validation Engineers II, Compliance Consultant I, Compliance Consultant II, etc. When discussing more than one person, do you write Validation Engineers II, Val...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by C Aaron N‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Including a company logo in a report

There is no "style guide" of any kind for this report, or any reports in this company. Formal reports aren't too frequent. This is a mostly internal report, though it may end up with a consultation...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by kirkpatt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write an elevator speech for MYSELF?

"Write an elevator speech for prospective employers" is an action-item that's dogged me for weeks. Perhaps this is the place to reach out and admit-- I've got a bad case of writer's block on this. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Tapper7‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?

If I'm talking about a length of time in a cover letter, let's say 5.5 years, what would be the correct way to write this? five-and-a-half years 5-1/2 years 5.5 years

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by bernk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I start a business-presentation?

How do you welcome a business audience to your presentation? I've thought of: Hello, my name is [prename] [surname] and I am going to talk about [...] but it sounds rather like a school present...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Martin Thoma‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Avoiding unintended rudeness or accusatory tones in reminder emails

I am in one of the newsletter teams of my company. Last week, I had mailed the Vice-President of our company to write an article for our newsletter, to which he replied in affirmative and mailed me...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by bengaluriga‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write polite deadline email? [closed]

I'm trying to collect feedback from my colleagues and the deadline is on 10-April-2012, 2.00pm. So in my mail I write: Please email your feedback to me before 2.00pm, 10-April-2012(Tuesday). ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Jamie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?

I've recently followed the advice of our very own Jeff Atwood and started a blog site in order to become a better writer and communicator. My goal is to improve my skill at technical writing and b...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by glitch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A friendlier way to write charges or fees to clients?

What is a better way to write in an email to tell my client that I will charge him a fee of say $100? Often, I feel very reluctant to write these ways: I will quote the hosting and development ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by xenon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Book recommendations for writing better technical papers

My employer has presented me with two books to read to help me write better technical papers and emails. Essentials of English Grammar and Handbook of English Grammar and Usage. I have read throu...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Adam Lewis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Organizing text snippets for creating different variants of a document (customized for the reader)

I'm searching for a tool/strategy to do the following: I have a lot of text snippets (informations) which are available for creating a document in different variants. The document has a standard ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by MostlyHarmless‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does it look unprofessional to have my name and all the titles of my website in lower-case? [closed]

I'm planning to have all the titles of my website in lowercase, as shown in the picture: I did it to fit the design of the black circle in the top left (Yeah stupid I know, just a designer's obs...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?

I'm developing a website: http://alexchen.info/brianfunshine/ My customer wrote the following in the front page: Hi, I’m Brian “Funshine” Alexander. I offer professional Music, Voices, and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When should I use punctuation with bullets?

When writing bulleted items, what are the rules for placing periods? Presumably bulleted items that aren't sentences wouldn't require punctuation: Orange Apple Banana But how about sentence bul...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by el2iot2‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to do about noun clusters

A personal frustration of mine is when I see a cluster of nouns sitting together in a sentence. I usually see these in highly technical emails, but not exclusively. Here is a particularly bad ex...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Garrett Bluma‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In a professional email you need to quote something from a business document. How do you write this?

This is in a professional email. I'm quoting from a business document that was sent to the person that I'm writing the email to. I need to clarify something, and to do so I need to quote from a se...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by askaquestionduck‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Materials to promote my book in person

Say I have a book...or a comic series...or a podcast...or another published work. Marketing written or scripted works is perfectly on topic here, and most of the promotional materials are also wri...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?

The DIY stack exchange is currently trying to make our FAQ more useful to new users, and I wondered if some folks from this community could take a look and help us to define ourselves better. This...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Tester101‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I improve my written communication skills the soonest?

All. The biggest area I am working right now is to improve my written communications skills. It’s a tough skill to learn but a good one to have, since most of what we do is exchange email with our ...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by user614‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to communicate two elements of different general syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by jon220‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Publishing price comparisons. Is it allowed?

I'm currently in the process of writing a small localised book on arranging funerals yourself (D.I.Y funerals). During the process of collating information, I have made phone calls to local funeral...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Jason‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are good guidelines and practices for word emphasis? [closed]

I struggle on what to highlight, and when to use quote marks. I also exaggerate specific words. Example: Please Sign-out and Click "Delete my sign-in info" before logging back in. Please pr...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Myles Bible‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Referencing another company's product in my product manual

I'm making a manual that references a product that is not mine. What would be the correct way to note this? I'll give an example of a common product (this isn't mine, but it's a similar idea). Ex....

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Charles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Generalize or specialize?

If you are starting a freelance product description writing business, do you generalize or specialize? In other words, do you offer writing in an area like "product descriptions for tech companies"...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by japclass15‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I avoid using I repetitively in a resume/about me?

My Question How can I avoid using I repetitively in a resume/about me, should it be avoided or is it to be expected in that kind of writing? Are there any substitutes that can be used in place of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Azat V‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are proper ways to end a business letter?

How should you end a business letter? If you are writing a letter to your grandparents, I would use With Love from 'name' However, if you are writing a professional letter to someone impor...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Sweet_Cherry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of stuff should someone read to improve their email skills?

I've heard that writers should read the type of stuff they want to write. Usually that implies really good fiction and prose, but I want to write great emails to my colleagues and network. What typ...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a difference between slogans and brand statements?

I once came across a set of brand guidelines and, in the tone of voice section, there was a list of 'brand statements'. Multiple brand statements as examples of what the company could pick and choo...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by pealo86‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the risks and benefits of using humour in business/commercial writing?

I know the basics here, and in technical circles it usually comes down to locking the Engineering Manager and the Sales and Marketing Manager in a small room and seeing who makes it out, but I woul...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Need recommendation re: online resume format

I'm drafting a resume for a job opportunity &amp; would love recommendations on a formatting issue. My resume has many bullet points and some tables. However, I'm challenged by online job applicati...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by CommuterBiker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which Bullet Points to Use First Under Different List Nesting Styles

My work presents proposals with information divided by numbered headings. Under these headings, the technical writers use a variety of paragraphs, numbered indentations, and indented bullet points....

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by C Aaron N‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A freelance writing: how much of a test for a job would be considered actual work done for free?

I'm a freelance writer. Sometimes people ask me to write samples as a test. I notice that sometimes the test itself takes too long and makes me suspicious. I've had a lot of disappointing engagemen...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user6035379‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format the transcript of a telephonic conversation for email? [closed]

What is the usual and customary way to write an e-mail to my lead for the telephonic conversation that I had with client or consultant? I need a formal format for the minutes of a conversation that...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by shishir‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you write a "Statements addressing the Key Selection Criteria"?

So looking at This Job and under "Your Checklist" it has 3 different uploads, Cover Letter, Resume and Statements addressing the Key Selection Criteria now to my understanding the Statements addre...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Memor-X‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any research about the efficacy of illustration and example placement in procedure writing?

In writing procedural documentation, I have the choice of writing the complete step-by-step instructions with references to an appendix of illustrations, For instance: 1. Do task 1 (see Fig. 1) ...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by dwwilson66‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Removing an allocated task from someone [closed]

In the software we're developing, the user can 'allocate' a task to a person or group. Correspondingly he may also take a task away from them. What word should we use: unallocate the task or deall...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Phil Parry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tone and directness in inviting prospective team member [closed]

I'm organising a project in the near future and am emailing people, which profiles I found on Linkedin, that I would like to work with. What I'm trying to get across is that it's going to be an exc...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Regarding Professional Report [closed]

I am new in the working world and I happen to be given a lot of tasks related with creating report. Later on I heard people give me comments that my sentence structure and my word choices are not ...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by rofans91‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to determine rates to charge as a freelance writer

While I have a few articles published, they were easy fixed rates. Today, however, I've received this email (identifying details removed): We need a writer to put together descriptions of ----...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Mark Mayo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to look for ESL writers and copyeditors? [closed]

I often work on lessons for ESL students - texts, dialogues, etc. I'm not a native speaker and I don't have any friends abroad. I often need copyeditors for my lessons, but I seem to have trouble f...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by EslTeacher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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