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Re: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career?
Subject:Re: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career? From:"Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:45:20 -0400
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career?
Technical writing actually was my "first ambition."
It was the first line of work I considered that wasn't
preceded in my mind by "well, I guess I could be
a...." It was just that in order to be the kind of
technical writer I chose to be I first needed to
serve an apprenticeship as an engineer.
This is reminding my of the rude awakening I got when I first started
looking around for tech writing jobs. I discovered that being a
technical writer was not just about being able to write well. It was
also about being an expert in a particular subject area. I suppose I
should have know that. In fact, I remember my dad saying, "I TOLD you
that was how it would be." But since the program I went through
emphasized the ACT of writing, it downplayed the idea of knowing the
subject matter. Fortunately, I found a position that let you learn on
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