RE: Top ten myths of technical communication

Subject: RE: Top ten myths of technical communication
From: Patti Simmons <Patti -dot- Simmons -at- ECoutlook -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 12:57:51 -0400

Brian McClain Said:
<One odd misconception of technical writing that senior P/As have voiced to
me in various jobs: The natural career progression of technical writers is
for them to eventually become programmers. Apparently the rationale is that
with increasing experience in software development, TWs finally slide into
developing specs with SMEs, then discovering high-level user requirements,
and finally they wind up writing the code instead of "merely" explaining it.
However, nobody who's suggested this myth to me could come up with more than
anecdotal evidence of this progressive career change.>

Wow, that's interesting. I am currently working in QA, trying to transition
to TW.
I can't imagine this - I like to write because I enjoy communication. And
while programming could probably be considered communication in a roundabout
sort of way, it hardly seems related at all to tech writing. Maybe it's
just my perspective - I have an English degree and ended up doing QA by
accident and am now trying to get back to my roots...

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