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these are for budget numbers; naturally the process varies according to
product and writer and resources available. in reality everyone works
differently so some may build a skeleton of a document one week, then
research for awhile, then write like mad...in any given order.
again...i should have delineated more clearly...for budgeting purposes,
it's an easy way to ballpark doc costs.
McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> Laura Praderio Lynn had the nerve to say:
>> from many years ago i recall a statistic that a tech writer can work
>> about two thirds of the day doing "hard" tech writer work (writing)
>> then the rest of the day doing administrative/other duties. this
>> to somewhere around two to three finished pages per day. i use these
>> numbers to build my budgets and project time/costs for tech writing.
>> so i agree that 100% tech writing every minute would be hard to
>> given the focus required.
> I can spend _weeks_ working on a project without writing a single page
> of Help or Install Guide or SDK, etc. It's research and
> Sometimes that also includes run-throughs while I gather screencaps or
> create illustrations or take photos or... or...
> Then, when I'm ready (and perhaps the product is, too...) I can write
> many, many doc pages and Help topics in a given day, and string several
> days like that together, and voila! a book. Or pronto presto, a Help
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