How I Write Tech Articles
I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a kid. But it’s been only recently that I’ve written articles for wide publication.
Still, in that relatively short period of time, I’ve learned a lot about how to write compelling, informative articles (well, I hope that they are compelling and informative!) I’ve also developed techniques to keep myself productive and avoid writer’s block.
As I’ll discuss, I write partly so that I can share what I’ve learned with other readers. So whether you’re already a writer or you want to become one, I hope that this article will help you along your writing journey.
Why write articles?
Before we get into how I write articles, I’ll briefly go over why.
Sharing what I’ve learned
Every day, I take advantage of free content to advance my engineering career. Whether in blogs, tutorials, presentation videos, or Stack Overflow discussions, many tech professionals freely share what they know with the broader community. So if I have something to contribute to the public knowledge base, I’ll happily do it.
Organizing my thoughts about a topic
Writing tech articles to forces me to think critically about my ideas. For example, I’ve seen organizational structures that have worked, and some that haven’t worked nearly as well. So over time, I’ve formed opinions about how to structure teams to take advantage of a microservices architecture.
Fine. But can I make a compelling case for my opinions? Do they stand up to scrutiny?
If I write out my thoughts with the intention of broadly publishing them, then I‘m forced’ to question my ideas. To poke holes in them, and to make sure they’re logically consistent.
Moreover, Medium readers can provide feedback. Sure, it can be a little unnerving to read responses to my writing left by perfect strangers. But I’ve found that if I’ve been thoughtful in crafting the article, people are mostly (if not always) polite in their feedback. Overall, I find these comments valuable in further tuning my perspective.