Re: Top ten myths of technical communication

Subject: Re: Top ten myths of technical communication
From: Jade Falcon <jadef -at- excitehome -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 15:36:21 -0700

My bad...hit the wrong reply button.

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.'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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