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Re: Some questions from a grad student about careers in technical writing
Subject:Re: Some questions from a grad student about careers in technical writing From:"CL T" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Tue, 28 Oct 2008 12:53:19 -0600
1. What steps do you take when writing a document?
- I usually follow some bastardization of the ADDIE model (adjusted to
fit the environment/need/product)
2. How do time and budget limitations affect your writing?
- They are the wind and the current - The ALWAYS have a factor and will
usually be the main factor.
3. How much time do you spend writing?
- I write constantly - Tech writing and my own writing/publishing. At
work about 30% of my time is involved in writing.
4. How and when do you revise and edit documents?
- I try not to edit until I finish a revision. When I do heavy edits and
final cleanup I read from the last page (bottom) to the first page (top).
I'm a lone tech writer in this position, so I do most of my own editing.
5. How did you acquire the skills you use for your job? Did you take classes
or have on-the-job training, etc.?
- English, editing, writing, ESL Tutoring and publishing at University.
- I am/was also a Web/Multimedia developer, so many of the tools I
self-taught (University didn't do much for the toolset).
- I listen, read the manual and study to learn new tools, tech and
6. What steps did you take to get to the position you are in now?
- Recruiters are my friend.
- Web Site and Search
On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM, Tom Johnson <tomjohnson1492 -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
> A grad student in technical writing (Gretchen) asked me some questions for
> an assignment and needs a response sometime this evening. I don't have
> but I thought someone on this list might want to respond. You can either
> respond in writing or by phone.
> Here are the questions:
> 1. What steps do you take when writing a document?
> 2. How do time and budget limitations affect your writing?
> 3. How much time do you spend writing?
> 4. How and when do you revise and edit documents?
> 5. How did you acquire the skills you use for your job? Did you take
> or have on-the-job training, etc.?
> 6. What steps did you take to get to the position you are in now?
> You can email her at gretchen -dot- hollis -at- att -dot- net or call 817.889.2907.
> (She gave me permission to forward the info.)
> cell: 801-822-2241
> blog: www.idratherbewriting.com
> twitter: www.twitter.com/tomjohnson
> news: www.writerriver.com
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