Re: Breaking into the tech writing job market

Subject: Re: Breaking into the tech writing job market
From: Sean Wheller <sean -at- inwords -dot- co -dot- za>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 16:04:51 +0200

On Wednesday 09 August 2006 15:57, Mike Schmidt wrote:
> I'm repeating what I've been taught. It's not condescending at all. The
> theory is that many don't refer to the manual until they're having a
> problem (myself included), and at that point, they don't want wordy,
> grammatically perfect novel writing. They want: "To make it go, push the
> green button."
> My first boss (and mentor in this field) used to write like we was
> writing a novel. Too wordy, too involved, etc. I agree that you need
> simple, concise, easy-to-read steps. Hence, a 6th grade level.

Interesting, that's what MIL Spec requires :-)
Ask me about the Monkey.

Sean Wheller
Technical Author
sean -at- inwords -dot- co -dot- za

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