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: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 17:36:39 +1000

Gene wrote:

> My first thought when I hear of technical
> writers trying to get their titles changed to
> "technical communicator," "information
> developer," etc., is that it must be a terrible
> thing to be working in a place where being
> called a writer causes one to develop such
> an inferiority complex.

I doubt that's usually the case. Me, I'll take whatever title they hand
out (though I've often been invited to make one up). But when I was
managing teams, I encouraged them to think of themselves as communicators
rather than "mere" writers because I think it is a more accurate
descriptor for what I do. I don't want people on the team who think they
can just sit in the corner and "write." This worked for me. But of course
it isn't the title alone that matters. It's whatcha do widdit.

Mike West
Melbourne, Australia

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