RE: A Question for Newbies and Intermediate Writers

Subject: RE: A Question for Newbies and Intermediate Writers
From: Anthony Viviano <AViviano -at- CreativeSolutions -dot- com>
To: Sheldon Kohn <Sheldon -dot- Kohn -at- onlineinsight -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 10:10:44 -0400

I've been working as Tech Writer for about six months now. Coming straight
from college, I had an excellent foundation in theory. I learned to write,
to organize info, etc... My greatest weakness was, and still is to some
extent, my knowledge of tools. My advice is to give your new writer time to
learn the tools. Chances are, s/he doesn't have much experience in that way.

Just my two cents..

Tony Viviano
Creative Solutions

-----Original Message-----
From: Sheldon Kohn [mailto:Sheldon -dot- Kohn -at- onlineinsight -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 9:57 AM
Subject: A Question for Newbies and Intermediate

Hello All,

I am asking for advice and perspectives based on your
experience when you
entered the tech comms field. I am working in an Internet
start-up, and we
will be adding many new developers over the summer.
Management accepted my
proposal that we hire a new technical writer now and spend
some up-front
time getting this person up to speed. After a comprehensive
search, we made
an offer and received an acceptance from an entry-level

I have identified some tasks that our new writer can perform
immediately to
start being productive. As I work on developing a schedule
for getting the
writer fully functional as quickly as possible, I find
myself wondering what
types of activities, projects, and assignments are most

My question to those of you who are relatively new to the
field is, what was
most helpful in the first weeks and months of your
professional life? I do
not want (or need) to take a "sink or swim" approach, so I
want to make sure
that we use our limited ramp-up time wisely.

TIA for any and all responses.

Sincerely yours,

Sheldon Kohn
Online Insight, Inc.

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