Re: The 'user' in User Manual

Subject: Re: The 'user' in User Manual
From: "D. Michael McIntyre" <michael -dot- mcintyre -at- rosegardenmusic -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007 16:43:30 -0500

On Saturday 03 February 2007 3:13 pm, Lauren wrote:
> liberties because a book becomes a sort of companion to the reader. Like a
> friend that you can carry around. So it needs to "talk" to the reader
> sometimes. How much of the book is written as the reader "thinking" or as
> the author "talking" depends on the skill level and nature of the reader

Now that I think a bit further, I realize I have some kind of approval
seeking "I hope I did it well enough to please the real writers" complex
going on here. I overlook the fact that the book evolved, and was "beta
tested" by the readers it targeted, over the span of a couple years. It
doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks, and I have no reason to
develop some kind of thumb sucking looking at my toes I hope I'm good enough
complex now. It reached its audience, was well-received, and therefore I
made choices that worked. Plus I got paid!

Turning all of this into a day job is another thing though. It looks like I
will be taking another job driving a truck to keep food on the table. Bleck.

D. Michael McIntyre

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