Re: techwr-l digest: December 26, 2001

Subject: Re: techwr-l digest: December 26, 2001
From: Charles E Vermette <cvermette -at- juno -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 10:47:40 -0500

Megan Golding (mgolding -at- secureworks -dot- net) wrote:

<<<My writing skills are so-so. I struggle to get a paragraph to sound
"just right". However, I can approach a complex system, understand it,
and describe to others how it works. I've often described what I do as
translating. I speak "geek" and "regular" and my job is to translate
between the two...>>>

<<<So, to the aspiring tech writers reading this, ask yourself this, "Do
like to explain how something works to someone who doesn't understand?"
That, to me, is the key to tech writing...>>>

Meg, this is the most astute description of tech writing I've ever seen -
as well as the best advice to newbie writers.

The only thing I disagree with in your post is your self-assessment. Your
writing ability is *way* above "so-so."


PS Thanks also for backing up Keith Cronin's post. You saved me the

Charles E. Vermette
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