A View from Number Two

Mary Burns

Mary Burns

By: Mary Burns
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter, STC
vicepresident@stc-orlando.org

Most technical editors are certified word geeks. For example, I enjoy listening to a Great Courses lecture series on 24 CDs called Building Great Sentences on my commute. Having my awe at the power of a simple or sophisticated sequence of words is as energizing as a shot of high-octane coffee.

One of my favorite documentaries is Helvetica, a film focusing on the history and impact of the typeface of the same name. I also find diagramming sentences relaxing—a confession that gave my boss a good laugh.

How can an obsession with word crafting benefit your company? At our May meeting, I will present some thoughts on style guides. A good style guide is the key to freeing editors and writers to focus on effective content. I hope you can join us!

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