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Who should own the text in our design process?

If you don’t articulate and assign the writing role, then either everyone is the writer, or no one is the writer. Neither situation is fun.Continue readingWho should own the text in our design process?

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How do you estimate the time needed for doing the writing?

The project managers turns to you and asks: “How long is it going to take to write this?” Hoo boy. It’s time to proceed very, very carefully.Continue readingHow do you estimate the time needed for doing the writing?

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A Year of Writing for Designers

My first book, Writing for Designers, was released by A Book Apart one year ago today. Personally, much of the past year has been a blur. I experienced a profound loss in December in the death of my mother, a scant 68 days after the book was first released. Reflecting on a year since the…Continue readingA Year of Writing for Designers

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Talking to myself to others

The recording is up from my How to Get the Writing Done webinar this week for Gather Content. I think it’s a good one. Leading a one-to-many webinar is a strange affair. Me, alone in my office, wearing a headset, talking out loud at what I hope is a normal volume to an audience of…Continue readingTalking to myself to others

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Interview: The Write Stuff

Corey Gwin is building a writing app called Blurt. To promote the app, he’s been writing about writing. To promote my book, I’ve been tweeting about writing. I tweeted out one of the things he wrote, which made him notice me, and then he asked me to do a video interview for a series he’s…Continue readingInterview: The Write Stuff

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UX Book Club Meetup at Solstice

Recently back from an overnight trip to Chicago to speak with their UX Book Club. My book Writing for Designers was the featured book, and they hosted a Q&A style event with the author, who is me! This was the first time I’ve been at an in-person event specifically because I wrote a book. I…Continue readingUX Book Club Meetup at Solstice

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Six Ways to Make Someone Hate Writing for You

Being a good writer makes for better writing, but it doesn’t make it more fun. Thoughtless interactions can make it even less fun.Continue readingSix Ways to Make Someone Hate Writing for You