Re:Are you a writer

Subject: Re:Are you a writer
From: "Damien Braniff" <DBraniff -at- amphion -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 08:29:21 -0000

Andrew Plato wrote:
<I too feel that the skill of communicating is so basic, that it really
doesn't earn me much. You don't add a lot of value to an organization
knowing English or how to use FrameMaker. There are a lot of smart
people who know English and can write well who are NOT writers.>

While I generally agree with Andrew that you need to know the material,
I don't (sadly) think that communication skills are basic and everyone
has them. In 20 odd years as a writer I have come across a LOT of people
who can't write - even some who claimed it was their job. Whether this
is down to education, the 'sound-bite' society we no live in, changing
language etc I don't know (probably a combination).

Damien Braniff
Technical Writer
Amphion Semiconductor Ltd.
50/51 Malone Road
BT9 5BS Belfast, Antrim
Northern Ireland

Tel: 028 9050 4000
Fax: 028 9050 4001
E-mail: dbraniff -at- amphion -dot- com

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