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