RE: Description of Tech Writers

Subject: RE: Description of Tech Writers
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 13:27:37 -0500

When I teach technical writing, I always start off the first class by
defining what it is that technical writers so. My take on it:

"I get to be Arthur Conan Doyle for a living. I spend half my time as
Sherlock Holmes - turning over rocks, uncovering clues, putting together a
big complicated puzzle from randomly gathered bits of information. Then I
spend the other half of my time as Dr. Watson - writing it down in such a
manner that it enlightens my audience."

John Garison
Documentation Manager
IDe, Concord, MA
jgarison -at- ide -dot- com

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