Re: [Alone from the start (was: Documentation planning)]

Subject: Re: [Alone from the start (was: Documentation planning)]
From: "Melody Akins" <melodyakins -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:24:41 -0600

Hello!

I am new to this list and have been 'lurking' for about a week now. I'd like to try technical writing, and although I have no illusions about my untrained ability (no degree of any kind, and only brief, 19-year-old, unpaid newspaper/nonfiction experience), I am teachable, a quick study, and committed to doing the best I can at whatever I do.

I wonder if you would help me determine if I have what it takes to do what you do? I'm sure most of you have examples of poor-to-abominable writing, and I'd like to take a shot at re-writing some of it. Just e-mail away! I'm up for anything...especially scientific, biomedical, or training stuff.

I've learned a lot from this list about the actual practice of tech writing (nuts-and-bolds as opposed to sugar-coats), and I'm sure more will be revealed...Thanks for being there for newbies like me!

Warmly,
Melody Akins
"Take the Shoes Off Your Mind!"(c)

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Milan Davidovic <shl_ctf -at- yahoo -dot- ca> wrote:
>
> Has anyone on this list been the lone writer on their
> *very first* job (i.e. working in-house) or project?
> If you had to do it again, would you still plunge in
> or would you wait for a gig that put you in the
> company of other more experienced writers?

==============Comment: Scary! But here I am, anyway!

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...assigned to specific projects all over the country. Most are the lone writer
on the project. We each develop our own process and organization specific to
the project we're working on. I've only talked to one other once - when I was
first interviewed they had him interview me because no one on the team knew
how to determine if I could do the job.

===================Comment: You guyz can help me with this right here online, if you have time.

===================Snip------------>
However........my answer to your question is no. If I had to do it all again I
would not have waited. Plunging in has given me a lot of good experiences. I
can see many long-term advantages I would not otherwise have had. Though
plunging in made my learning inefficient and could have been better with a
team, waiting around would have taught me absolutely nothing but patience. I
already have that and don't need any more lessons on it.


hannah Bissell
to -dot- hannah -at- usa -dot- net

=================Comment: Rock on! Rearing five kids has demanded patience, along with a sense of when to say, "Okay, that's good enough now; let's get it out the door!"





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