Re: Writing: better or worse after years on the job?

Subject: Re: Writing: better or worse after years on the job?
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 13:14:37 -0600

From: "Hart, Rowena" <Hart -at- SelkirkFinancial -dot- com>

> What about you? Has your writing ability improved or declined since
> you've become a professional technical writer?

(wow, is this subjective :)

I feel that my writing has improved. Moreover, I feel that my verbal
communication skills have improved. Writing grammatically correct
documentation day-in and day-out has led to my thought process
being more "grammatically correct". Also, when I am putting my
thoughts down on paper, I tend to use a more varied vocabulary
than in every-day conversation, and once again, this aspect of
writing has carried over into my verbal communication with others.

> Have you ever been horribly embarrassed to read something you wrote
> years ago?

I've never been embarrassed to read anything I previously wrote (at
least not technical documentation :), but there are things that I look
at and realize I would do differently now (i.e., overall approach in a
help file for an application).

Dana W.

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