Re: Top ten myths of technical communication
At 03:23 AM 10/19/2000 -0400, you wrote:
What I find amusing about all of this is that the classic
stereotype (equally invalid) was that tech writers were
engineers/programmers who couldn't make it as engineers/programmers
and ended up doing writing. With the possible exception of one writer
I worked with, I've never run into this in the real world.
Well...here's another one. My degree is in CompSci programming,
and whilst I have worked as a programmer, I am a better writer, and have worked as a TW for more
years than I've worked as a programmer. And I've known a fair number of CS turned TW. However, I've yet to see
the opposite, TWs turn programmer who previously did not.
There's a lot of frustration and grief in technical
writing; you don't even have the consolation of being well-paid.
That depends on where you are. The TWs in the Bay Area are being paid well...of course, the cost of living is ridiculous.
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