RE: Are tech writers inherently snobby?

Subject: RE: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:20:23 -0500

At very least, the humility goes a long way in the relationships that
surround working effectively.

That said, I've known writers since at least Writer's Workshop days in
college who have had a very difficult time separating their
personalities from their work. I suspect we are all prone to bruised
egos from time to time. But the people I'm talking about deemed any
critique of their work, however gently phrased and constructive in
intent, as personal attacks on themselves. Conversely, they were so
convinced of the inherent quality of their work that those of us who
failed to fully appreciate every jot and tittle they wrote simply hadn't
attained the stratosphere where they could "get it" and appreciate such
rare craft.

My experience, fortunately, also bears out what others have said, that
this is by far the exception and not the rule.

Jim

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Subject: Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?

I think humility and a lack of egotism regarding one's work are
fundamental requirements for being a good technical writer.

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM, Karen Field Carroll<kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net>
wrote:
> Hello.
> For the second time in two days, I've posted to the list and gotten an

> off-line reply that I thought reeked with arrogance. Each time I wrote

> back and asked for clarification on the tone, because, as I'll be the
> first to tell you, I'm somewhat defensive and tend to read a lot into
> e-mails, and so I wanted to be sure I'm not being my over-protective
> self. (In today's case, the tone was so obvious I'm pretty darn sure
> it's not just me.) But this is such a consistent pattern--I've worked
> with many writers who thought they hung the moon--that I'm starting to

> wonder if people in our profession (including me, because I can
> definitely be a snob) are prone to being a holier-than-thou.
> Any thoughts?
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References:
Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Daniel Ng
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Sharon Burton
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Robert Lauriston

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