RE: Description of Tech Writers

Subject: RE: Description of Tech Writers
From: LDurway -at- pav -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 08:57:09 -0600

"You know those manuals that came with your computer? I write stuff like
that. Except mine are for software that helps chemical engineers run their
factories better. You won't see my books in your local bookstore."

I leave it at that.

> I have found that the simplest response when people ask what
> I do is, "I
> write and illustrate instruction manuals." At that, a lot of
> people give me
> a look bordering on pity and say, "Oh, that must be really boring...."

Yes, that's one of the responses I get. Other responses are:

- You must be REAL smart!
- That must be REAL hard!
- I bet that pays well!
- <blank look of stoned deer in headlights>

and my favorite:

- Well, then, maybe you can tell me why my backspace key doesn't work. (uh,
gee, I'd have to know what kind of computer you're on and what software
KEY WON'T WORK??? (<blank look of deer, etc.>)

BTW, we had a layoff here yesterday. I survived.

Happy day, folks,

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