Re: First Technical Writer

Subject: Re: First Technical Writer
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:23:10 -0500

Right. Although, I would suggest to build one on the fly as you need
to make decisions. Your job is not to align the effort, it's to make
the effort to produce the docs. If you use a basic tool (how about
TiddlyWiki) to trap your stylistic decisions as it makes sense to do
so, you'll then have all the meat ready to go when you have breathing
room to pen a formal style guide.

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On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:
> I have to disagree with devoting time to immediately creating a company-specific style guide. As the *only* technical writer, Melissa *is* the style guide. What she needs to do is hit the ground running and show them immediate real productivity. It's not in the company's immediate best interests to create a style guide for a department of one.

Bill Swallow

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