RE: on technical writers

Subject: RE: on technical writers
From: "Stevenson, Rebecca" <Rebecca -dot- Stevenson -at- workscape -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 10:00:22 -0500

Well, I never made any money at it, but I've been doing creative writing a lot longer than technical writing. Going to grad school for the latter induced a four-year hiatus in the former, but oddly enough, now that I a) have a job again after four months of unemployment and b) have a job where I have to work *hard* as I have not in quite some time (it's a startup), I find that I get home and want to work on those old novel files once again. Go figure. I enjoy both, but I think I'm a better writer of technical manuals than fiction right now.

"What it means to be a technical writer" is that I get to do something I'm good at, enjoy doing, and can get paid pretty well for. Which isn't too shabby. :-)

Rebecca Stevenson
Technical Writer
Workscape, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean O'Donoghue-Hayes (EAA)
[mailto:Sean.O'Donoghue-Hayes -at- ericsson -dot- com -dot- au]
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2002 11:19 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: on technical writers

<snip>

Is there anyone who WAS writing and selling creatively, who moved into
technical writing as a new challenge and to earn a sustainable wage from
their writing skills (poets don't earn money - just kudos and bacchanalian
charm....).

And if you are out there - what is your take on the field of technical
writing - and what it means to be a technical writer?


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