One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers

Subject: One more thought on "Fast" and "Slow" Writers
From: "Kight, Cindy K." <Cindy -dot- Kight -at- Gilbarco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 11:13:51 -0700

I've been giving this subject some more thought and have something to add.

Let's say I have 1000 hours to work on a given project and that is an
appropriate amount of time for me to do it properly. Given 1200 hours,
maybe I could improve on the quality. (Although I'd probably add a tutorial
or something instead.) However, there is the concept of diminishing
returns, and at some point adding time to the project would provide no
further increase in quality.

However, there are writers who, given 1200 hours or more, could not produce
the same quality work that I can do in 1000 hours. Likewise, I'm sure there
are writers who could do better work than I can, in less time.

I think we got off track and ended up debating about what it takes to do
professional work, where the original post concerned differences in work
style and personality between writers.

If presented with an unreasonable deadline, I'd negotiate for more time or
more resources. I don't believe anywhere here is advocating doing an
unprofessional job.

I'm with Jan - on to the next topic.

Cindy Kight
Technical Communications Manager
RMS Group - Gilbarco, Inc.
Glendale, CA
(818) 500-1806

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