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My first-ever post to the TECHWR-L, in response to
Sean's question about "creative" writers who moved
into technical writing.
I'm one of those -- sort of. I'm a former journalist.
One of my biggest strengths in that field was writing
non-fiction narrative, ie: storytelling. Although it's
non-fiction, you use many of the same techniques as
you would for fiction -- developing characters,
painting pictures that describe scenes, building
Why did I move into tech writing? As much as I enjoyed
non-fiction narrative, I enjoyed explanatory writing
better. I like providing folks with practical
information. I like doing it well -- delivering in
packages where they can find what they need and
understand it easily. I did a lot of this when I was a
daily newspaper reporter. Health care was my beat. I'd
often write explanatory pieces about assorted health
issues, complete with the bullet-list sidebars (eg:
"what to look for", "warning signs", "where to go for
more information") and graphic diagrams. That's the
closest you'll get to tech writing in daily
journalism. I left journalism and have chosen tech
writing because I wanted to do more of that (and less
of the other journalism stuff -- breaking news,
covering pissing matches, etc...).
Hope this helps,
(TECHWR-L newbie, so be nice. at least for my first
few posts. then feel free to jump all over me. ;-) )
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