Re: Anyone Can Write - Just Look At The Job Descriptions

Subject: Re: Anyone Can Write - Just Look At The Job Descriptions
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:37:59 -0700

On 6/25/2011 5:45 PM, debora ames wrote:

I used to think what it would be like to, in a writing class, get a bunch of those anyone-can-writers together and have them write down the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"...like:

"OK, we're gonna start out with something simple. I want everyone to write the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Everybody remembers that, right? Oh, not so much? OK...here's the book. Everybody take 30 minutes to review."

Afterwards:

"Books closed. OK...easy, right? Let's start writing. I'll give you an hour and a half!"

When they finished, I bet that would be some funny reading.

Especially, if they were snarky. "So there was this stripper chick named, Goldilocks..."

I had a technical writing class, like 20 years ago or whenever, and we had a writing assignment to write a set of instructions. We could choose from any subject we wanted and some subject ideas were given. One of the ideas was to write instructions about how to make a balloon animal. I did not know how to do that, but I thought it would be fun to learn, so I learned and I made a booklet about how to make a balloon animal. It was a lot of fun.

Perhaps recruiters should have classes on how to write job descriptions to effectively attract the right candidates for the right jobs.

What is really sad when inheriting a writing project, is that previous writers think they did a good job. I took on a project and inherited a decent-sized FSR that had be rejected a few times. The FSR was simply empty narratives about the requirements that the project was to satisfy and some random notes from various meetings. It was a useless document. I got a hold of it and interviewed some people who were going to make the project happen. Two months later, I had produced a $6M FSR that was approved.

A couple of years later, I talked to a recruiter about some job and she asked me if I knew a particular person. I recognized the name, but I did not know what she did. Later, I realized that the person was the one who produced those useless chicken-scratch notes for that FSR. I think that state worker took credit for my work. I guess it was an odd consolation that two upper managers who sponsored that project were indicted for embezzling $2M. I wonder if I can write novels because those sorts of facts could be good fodder.

Lauren


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