Re(2): Slow Tech Writers

Subject: Re(2): Slow Tech Writers
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 16:53:33 +0200

>the fact is that there is only one way to
>write certain documents -- and that is to be slow and methodical

I'd like to expand on Dick's comment a bit: As he said, you are really
describing tasks, not writers.

There are slower writers and faster writers. A slower writer going slow
is most likely slower than a faster writer going slow, so the distinction
even applies to your 'slow, methodical' projects.

Also note that "slow" and "methodical" aren't synonymous. Fast writers
can work methodically and slow ones can be all over the place. The
projects you describe really call for methodical writing, not slow
writing (with 'methodical' having priority over 'fast' whenever there is
a conflict).

Finally, it is a cliché to assume that slower writers make fewer errors.
This is certainly not what I have experienced. (If anything, I would say
that faster writers tend to have a better grasp of the subject matter,
but I don't see a hard correlation between the two.)

Jan Henning

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