As a software engineer, writing isn’t necessarily the first skill that comes to mind. During my journey as a digital creator, I’ve had the opportunity to not only write about technical topics but also provide my perspective, ideas, and insights to audiences across different industries. To get started transitioning from 1s and 0s to ‘your’ and ‘you’re’, I use the following three tips.
At the core of all content is the skeleton that determines what you want to say. An outline give you the opportunity to plan what you want to say and build structure to your message. Outlines come in all levels of granularity and detail; I personally start with a four-part structure: 1) Description; 2) Introduction; 3) Body; and 4) Closing. This way I can start at a high level and build out addition subgroups as needed.
Write Out Loud
If it doesn’t sound right when read out loud, it probably won’t make sense to readers. Reading your work out loud, helps identify gaps, miscommunications, and hidden syntax errors that you may not catch when you’re writing everything out.
You have a unique voice that deserves to be heard (or read). Try writing your first draft in your own voice to make sure that your full ideas are documented and illustrated. It’s in the second draft edits that you’ll tighten up and tailor your tone and language depending on your audience.
There’s no one way to become a writer. If there is a topic you are passionate about and have a message to share, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and share your work. Here are some additional tips how to write as a non-writer. If you're looking for someone one to write a blog post or curate a newsletter, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.