How did you get started in tech writing?

Subject: How did you get started in tech writing?
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 18:00:47 -0500 (CDT)

In the Fallback or Sellout thread (or whatever it was called) Karen

> I was actually wondering if I was going to read other's responses as
> to how they started in this profession.

What a great question. I wonder if we can get a thread going on it.
Karen's answer was in her post.

My answer, briefly, is this: I got a Master's degree in Teaching English
as a Second Language, only to find that it was impossible to make a
living at it, at least in Boston. I wound up doing more temporary office
work than teaching. And I HATED secretarial work.

And, when I did teach, I discovered that I liked writing my teaching
materials more than I liked being at the head of the room. When someone
said, "You might try technical writing," I gave it a shot.

What's your story?



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