Re: Tech writers are the new accountants

Subject: Re: Tech writers are the new accountants
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:46:54 -0600

From: "Lin Sims" <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>

Although a friend of mine has remarked more than once that technical
writers are weird because they like to write, whereas MOST people
would rather get poked in the eye with a sharp, pointy stick.


Well, liking to write doesn't make you weird unless you take it to the
point of using writing where face-to-face communication is the norm. For
example, I once write a woman a letter asking her for a date. (She said

From: john -at- garisons -dot- com

Tech writers are a distinct sub-species of writers in that we include
virtually nothing of our selves or our personalities in what we write.


Well, I actually tried to do so once. I like to be melodramatic -- have
written horror fiction, in fact -- and once wrote a manual full of
cautions and warnings. Wherever UI had an excuse to insert a caution or
warning, I put one in. Then the editor went and took them all out. As
Herman Munster would say, "Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn!"

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