Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance

Subject: Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance
From: "Melissa Nelson" <melmis36 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com, bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 16:52:11 -0500

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

Sure anyone can write a document, but can anyone read the document that anyone wrote? That is the real question! Anyone?? It is 4:52 on a Monday...forgive me!

Melissa

From: Bill Swallow To: Bonnie Granat CC: TECHWR-L Subject: Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 16:14:51 -0500

> 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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