Re: on technical writers

Subject: Re: on technical writers
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 15:37:43 +0200

Sean writes:
> Is there anyone who WAS writing and selling
> creatively, who moved into technical writing

Depends on what you mean by selling. I've
hired such people, but it's not as if they were
suffering a little slacktime between bestsellers;
they were basically wannabees who had begun to
establish credentials in the real world but
couldn't afford to wait for the big break.
They had no trouble restraining their creative
ebullience. The problem was that they were
too willing to take the SME's word on matters
of completeness and comprehensibility, they
were too willing to write about what they didn't
understand. But I think that the problem there
was administrative: our particular employer
was pushing them in the direction of page-churning
and away from conscientiousness.

Mark L. Levinson
Herzlia, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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