RE: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?')

Subject: RE: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?')
From: "Gillespie, Stephen (Contractor)" <Stephen -dot- Gillespie -at- Persnet -dot- Navy -dot- Mil>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 13:04:12 -0600

as a getting to be old-timer myself, my guess would be that 'prior to the
Nineties,' MOST tech writers came directly from engineering fields -rather
than having been trained & educated (primarily) as a technical communicator.
This shift I would also attribute to the influence of STC on the profession.

Steve Gillespie

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 12:44 PM
To: Bruce Byfield; TECHWR-L
Cc: Stephen -dot- Gillespie -at- Persnet -dot- Navy -dot- Mil
Subject: Re: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?')

> My impression is that, prior to the early Nineties, technical
> writers
> were far more likely to technologically-oriented than they are now.

Speaking from personal experience, I have a college background of the
sciences...mostly biological and chemical, including aa great deal of
lab wortk. Even 30 years later, I find the experience gained from lab
work is a major benefit to what I do on a daily basis.

Its the old scientific hypothesis thing. Formulate hyposthesis,
investigate to verify or disapprove, refine hypothesis,

Same thing in writing.

Write instruction the way I think it shoulds work, prove or
disapprove, refine work, prove ot disapprove, etc.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
Current gig ending 4/15
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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