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> The writer's product is his or her document. When you hire a writer, you
> want a person who can produce a suitable document. You do NOT want the
> ultimate product.
I hire to suit the ultimate product. I have a writer who has been
working on a documentation project in support of a software product,
and she's done almost no writing. And yet, the product is going out
the door with far more usable documentation and enhanced features than
it's ever had. A tech writer was instrumental in this feat.
Anyone can write a document. Personally I think it's high time tech
writers took note of this. Sure, it may not conform to your exacting
standards, but it'll probably be adequate. So what's the value we add?
A document? I'd like (no, I hope) to think not.
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