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Category Archives: For School

On Document Style: Text Columns

Tweet Yesterday’s story about carving out the blackberry bush, while carefully leaving load-bearing columns in the heart of it, would make for an excellent post on document structure. Wouldn’t it? Maybe I’ll have to tell it again sometime when you’re not looking…. Today I want to talk about a different type of columns, though: text […]

On Document Style: Building Forts

Tweet I’ve used today’s photo before, but it’s so adorable I just had to drag it out again. That’s not the only reason, of course. It’s also incredibly appropriate to the story I want to tell. I don’t know if it’s readily apparent in that image, but we were building a fort in that photo. […]

On Text Editing: How to Modify HTML and CSS in EditPad Pro

Tweet Yesterday I took some time to try to tell you what’s so great about the humble text editor. Or, more to the point, what it has to offer us as writers. There’s a trick I mentioned in passing, and I feel like I should bring it up again just to make sure you pick […]

On Text Editing: Getting to Know Your Notepad

Tweet I started this series with a story about the time I color-coded myself, and some poetic language about the value of color-coding in a text editor. I also mentioned “Notepad” as a text editor, but that was probably unnecessarily misleading. I’m not talking about Microsoft’s built-in Notepad tool, here. I’m not even talking about […]

On Text Editing: My Colors

Tweet I grew up surrounded by books. Despite my mom’s best efforts to find room for critical necessities like furniture and open doorways, my dad has managed to pack an amazing number of books into every livingspace he’s ever called home. For eighteen years, those included mine. And for many of those years, I considered […]

On Document Templates: Searching for Sample Docs

One of the best things you can do to improve any technical document you’re writing is compare and contrast against good documents of the same type. Here’s how.

On Document Templates: Finding Firm Foundations

You’ve heard of document templates before, but what do they really do? Get to know the moving parts, and you’ll learn how to interpret (and use) new templates.

On Document Templates: The Wall that Made Me Sad

I made a fake image in Photoshop–my fantasy world map hanging above the mantle in a fancy frame–and it reveals a surprising amount about document templates.

On Word Count: How Long Should It Be?

We spend a lot of time talking about word count, but what number is a good number? It depends on your genre, topic, style, and audience, but here are some tips.

On Word Count: Why Writers Care about Word Count

People in the writing world–writers, editors, and publishers–are all obsessed with word count, and for good reason. It allows us to compare and to plan ahead.