RE: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers

Subject: RE: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers
From: "Stevenson, Rebecca" <Rebecca -dot- Stevenson -at- workscape -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 10:50:15 -0400

Money I earn from tech writing: enough to live on.
Money I earn from other writing: absolutely nothing (so far).

I've met very few non-tech-writer writers. A poet and freelance music journalist, who requires a day job to keep body and soul together. A travel writer who makes enough, but that's not much. A couple of people who do it as just a hobby. None of them making what I would call "decent" money at it.

Of course someone with a yen for poetry or the stage would not necessarily be happy and successful as a tech writer. You gots to follow that muse. Fortunately mine likes computers, too. :-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Strasser [mailto:paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 10:48 AM
Subject: Somewhat OT: Tech Writers vs. other writers

Basically, what I said was: If you want to write and make a decent wage
doing it, your best chance is as a tech writer, as opposed to any other type
of writing. A greater percentage of tech writers make a nice salary than of
any other kind of writer (poets, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, etc.)
Yeah, the occasional screenplay writer makes some seriously big bucks, but
the vast majority don't do it for a living or they'd starve.


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