Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

Subject: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing
From: Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 19:27:44 -0400

I had a routine doctor’s appointment recently where I spoke with two
physician’s assistants. Both asked me what I did for a living.

I told one, “Technical writing.” Still looking down at her clipboard, she
responded, “What’s that?” I then tried to educate her during our 30 seconds
of interaction.

I told the second one, “Professional writing.” She put down her pen, looked
up from the papers she was carrying, and said, “Wow. That’s cool. What do
you write?” I said something like, “Software documentation, procedures, and
instructions. I make it easier to people to get stuff done on computers.”

>From now on, I'm going with "professional writing."

Craig Cardimon -- "The Duct Tape Writer"

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