Re: wannabe tech writer

Subject: Re: wannabe tech writer
From: Steven Brown <stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 06:56:43 -0800 (PST)


You mentioned a job change to technical writing
because you've heard it pays well and there's a demand
for tech writers. For what it's worth, those are not
compelling reasons to become a technical writer.

The best reason to become a technical writer is
because you LOVE writing (and, of course, you're good
at it). Remember, we're writers first and foremost.
That's what we do. Everything else is secondary.

It helps if you're interested in technology, although
there are many jobs that could be classified as
"technical writing" that require little involvement in
programming, networking, the Internet, APIs, etc. I'm
thinking primarily of policy and procedure writing,
although I'm sure there are other examples.

Take a look at the thread on this listserv about the
three great virtues of being a technical writer. Some
of that discussion may help you gauge your interests
vis a vis our self-assessments.

Hope this helps,
Steven Brown
Senior Technical Writer

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