Re: Teaching a practical business writing class and looking for professional rubrics

Subject: Re: Teaching a practical business writing class and looking for professional rubrics
From: "Jerry Kindall" <j -dot- kindall -at- tecplot -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:08:04 -0700

voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com> writes:

> On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Peter Neilson
<neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>wrote:
> > - Failure to re-write for clarity unless one is Isaac Asimov. (He
> > claimed to be able to do clear writing in a single pass.)

> I seem to recall that Asimov claimed he never did more than two passes
> through a story, and the second pass may have been to create his final
> version to submit to the editor. I don't remember if he ever used a
> processor to write his stories, either.

Asimov indicated that word processing made his manuscripts more
presentable but did not speed up his writing process. Possibly this was
because, even in 1990, he still preferred to type his first draft on the
typewriter, then retype it into the computer for his final copy!
("Conversations with Isaac Asimov," p. 152)


Jerry Kindall, Technical Writer
Tecplot, Inc. | Enjoy the View
Bellevue, Washington, USA

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