RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: Michael West <WestM -at- conwag -dot- com>
To: lauren -at- writeco -dot- net, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 08:46:20 +1000

Cheers,
Mike


"Lauren" wrote:

> > From: Michael West
>
> > I don't believe that "business writing" and "technical writing" are
> > necessarily mutually exclusive.
>
> What? But they are different and I could not really see a business
writer
> diving-in to do technical writing or a technical writer diving-in and
doing
> business writing.

A careful writer who is attentive to the needs of the business and the
audience can do both successfully. I have done many successful
communications projects that would not fit neatly into one category
without bits that overhang into the other.

A common example is policy and procedure writing.

> The risks of an unsuccessful technical document are lower than the risks
of
> an unsuccessful business document, although the detail of technical
> documents is greater than that of business documents. Risks are lower
for
> technical writing ...

Don't kid yourself. Badly executed technical documents can -- and have --
led to catastrophes including loss of life.

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