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> After reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing", I have the sudden urge to do some volunteer writing projects. I don't have any experience in technical writing and I would like to create a portfolio. I also acquired a copy of WinHelp Office and I want to get some projects going to get familiar with using it. Can anyone offer me any tips on how to get started? What are some good places to look for volunteer work and how should I approach them? Thanks in advance.
Look for shareware, free software, or open source projects. However, only shareware is likely to have a high percentage of Windows-based projects with which you can use your new software. The others are more likely to be Linux or Java.
To volunteer, track the software to its web site, and use the contact information listed there. Many of these projects will be very glad to have someone willing to do documentation, since that is often a weak spot in them.
One of the advantages of these projects is that you can probably select one according to your interests, so you won't be bored while you learn. Good luck!
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