Re: Start at the very beginning...

Subject: Re: Start at the very beginning...
From: Martin Bosworth <martinhbosworth -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:50:01 -0400

On 4/14/05, Mike O. <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Arrghhh! Why always the templates and the style guides and the content
> management?
> Do you have a file server on the LAN? Good, there's your central system
> to get started with. Just make a sensible directory structure and put
> your documents there. Once you outgrow that, then you can shop for
> another system. You'll know your requirements better.
> Just start writing and delivering the documents your company needs.
> That will be enough of a challenge, and will buy you a lot more instant
> credibility than templates and style guides.
> Follow your good sense for style and formatting. It'll be consistent
> for now, since you are the only tech writer. After a while, you can
> identify your nicest documents and use them to derive a template.
> A style guide is something to work on in between critical deliverables
> - it's not your first deliverable.
> Once you have a reputation for delivering the right docs at the right
> time, it'll be a lot easier to introduce and enforce templates and
> style guides later.
> Mike O.


This is good advice and perspective for my issue as well, even though
it's a different topic thread. :)



Martin H. Bosworth
Technical Writer, Telemedicine Directorate
Walter Reed Army Medical Center (
Writer/Editor, (


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