RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: "David Downing" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 10:58:24 -0400

Overall, does technical writing make you a better

I had to answer "None of the above," so let me explain. There are
certain principles of good writing that apply no matter what kind of
writing it is, and insofar as technical writing adheres to those
principles, yes it makes me a better writer.

However, there are some practices that are desirable in technical
writing that aren't desirable in other types of writing, and that's
where negative reinforcement can be a problem. (Ever written someone a
love letter and found yourself inserting a bulleted list?)

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