Re: Reading and Editing

Subject: Re: Reading and Editing
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 21:23:06 -0400

To what learning-to-read era do we belong? I started school in English Protestant Quebec in 1962, when phonics was the way to go. I also grew up in a reading household, though I didn't learn to read until Grade 1 (surprising, since I was recognised as gifted at an early age and my parents were both teachers - lazy buggers!).

Depending on what I am reading, I don't always hear the "actor" in my head, but I'm a comparatively slow listener, since I wait for all the "voices" to catch up while I read ahead.

As to the "voice" in my technical documentation: lately I have been writing very little for end-users and more for executives who are reading my business cases, for whom I try to write as though I am speaking very slowly to non-English speakers.

On Friday, I actually shouted "Bingo!" during a presentation by our CIO, during which he presented us with laminated wallet cards with our Mission Statement emblazoned on them. "Synergy. Collaborative. Leading-edge." I win! Sadly, I recognised my own writing among the tripe.

Karen Black
Technical Writer and wanna-be iconoclast

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