RE: Article on 'Getting Started as a Technical Writer'

Subject: RE: Article on 'Getting Started as a Technical Writer'
From: "Will Sansbury" <wsansbury -at- alpha -dot- ipswitch -dot- com>
To: "'Cardimon, Craig'" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, "'Techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:55:15 -0500

Craig Cardimon wrote:
> I was looking for something else and found this. Thought I
> would pass it on.

Fair warning: this awakened my inner critic.

With the obvious exception of the title, this article has nothing to do with
technical writing.

It does have some marginally useful--if fairly common sense--suggestions on
how to break into freelance magazine writing, if you can separate them from
the syrupy Stuart Smalley-esque prose (You're good enough, you're smart
enough, and gosh darn it, you can write!). This is the type of advice that
creates awkward moments where I have to gracefully decline to read the book
that the stylist at Great Clips has written. (True story. Now I lie to all
hairdressers about what I do for a living.)

And did you catch the slogan?

"Don't Fumble For Words Alone!" What should I fumble for in addition to

Will Sansbury


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