RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market

Subject: RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market
From: "Mike Schmidt" <mschmidt -at- weathercentral -dot- tv>
To: "John Posada" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 08:27:35 -0500

I never said writing LIKE a novice.... I said writing TO a novice...
Something we have a lot of in our audiences. If you remember your basic
intro to tech writing classes, they tell you to write at about a 6th
grade level.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:25 AM
To: Mike Schmidt; Peter Neilson
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market

> I wouldn't say that necessarily. I've seen manuals that were obviously

> written by engineers who, first of all, couldn't write a sentence

Who said anything about engineers? I'm talking about skilled technical
writers. A skilled technical writer is not an engineer...s/he is a
technical writer with the ability to write for a targeted audience, even
if that target is a novice user.

Writing like a novice requires no skill. Writing FOR a novice requires
more skill than for an expert.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

"I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never
actually known what the question is."

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