Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?

Subject: Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:07:01 +1000

Keith Hood wrote:
> I think everyone who is a writer of any kind has at least a touch of arrogance. It's simply one of the natural byproducts of a writing bug infestation. After all, you have to be kind of full of yourself to think that your writing is so much better than anyone else's that it makes sense for someone to pay you to write.
> Technical writers generally are nowhere near as arrogant as fiction writers. Those generally tend to be as territorial about their work and their abilities as grizzly bears.

That's a pretty broad statement. Terry Pratchett, arguably
one of the most successful fiction writers on the planet,
and George RR Martin, who has been on the NY Times bestseller
list, are two of the nicest, most approachable people I know,
both in person and about their work, and there are many
other fiction writers about whom I could say the same.
(In fact, often it's the newest and least successful
writers who are the most touchy and territorial.)

-- Janice

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