RE: What Are Writing Skills?

Subject: RE: What Are Writing Skills?
From: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 17:18:27 -0800 (PST)

--- Sharon Burton <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com> wrote:

> I searched on
> Amazon and found some 51 hits, as I recall, on the
> phase: structured
> "technical writing". Surely, something in there
> would tell you something
> that you don't already know about technical writing.


I looked at the first seventy of these. The only
thing these books say about structured writing is,
basically, "Ya gotta have structure". The offer
nothing in terms of saying: "Here are the recommended
steps to structured writing."

Sharon Burton:

> No one can give you specific steps that will result
> in excellent product
> documentation every time, Tony, and you know that

Tony Markos:

How about recommended steps and techniques? There has
to be more to structured writing than statements
expounding "Ya gotta do it" and fluffy comments about
it being a "concept" or "way of thinking".

Sharon Burton:

...the specific steps for finding out and structuring
and presenting to the user each manual are different
because you have different work environments,
different audiences, and different needs.

Tony Markos:

Ok, so there is no such thing as a structured approach
to writing. Seems you agree that SR is just "blue
smoke and mirrors". My original question, Sharon, was
"What Are Writing Skills?". I was told that the
"meat" of writing skills is structured writing. Are
writing skills then "blue smoke and mirrors"?

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