RE: Technical Writer or Documentation Writer?

Subject: RE: Technical Writer or Documentation Writer?
From: "Hickling, Lisa (TOR)" <lhickling -at- Express-Scripts -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:38:18 -0500

So why doubt the merits of sticking with plain vanilla "Technical
Writer"? Granted, I couldn't care less what my position title says as
long as I am appropriately compensated. Whether my organization labels
me TechWriter, DocSpecialist, HelpDeveloper, etc, when asked by non-TW
colleagues about my job I am always going to label myself "Technical

Earlier, I got my wires crossed with the usual "Technical Writing Needs
More Respect" rant. Seems more of our workmates are *getting* the
concept of what a "Technical Writer" does. I'm not ready to toy with
that just yet. To illustrate: would we think the same of a "Doctor", if
he got to describing himself as a "Prescription Writer"? Conversely, if
she was corporate and weirdly titled "Prescription Writer" wouldn't we
nod knowingly if she described herself as a "Doctor"?

Lisa H.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cardimon, Craig

Everyone knows what a salesperson does. Everyone knows what a database
developer does. Try that with technical writer, or worse yet, technical

People on whom I tried the "technical communicator" bit said, oh you
mean "technical writer."

I don't know anymore. I document steps, processes, and procedures of a
technical nature. How computer applications work. I translate HR-ese,
and marketing-ese, and technical-ese in plain English.

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