RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

Subject: RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Matthew Helmke' <matthew -at- matthewhelmke -dot- com>, "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 14:12:10 +0000

Tailoring our response to the the audience is critical. Saying I work in computers is quite enough for blood relatives, however!

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Subject: Re: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

I just say, "I'm a writer." When asked what I write, I tailor the response to the audience and it will range from highly technical definitions (for software dev types) to "I write whatever people need written," which is true as I have worked outside of technical documentation.

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM, Al Geist <al -at- geistarts -dot- com> wrote:

> Whenever I get asked what I do, I tell them I'm both a writer and a
> photographer. When the next question is "What do you write," my answer
> is "I write installation, user and service manuals for the machines
> that make the chips powering your computer, smart phones, and smog
> equipment." That's usually enough to change the conversation to my
> photography.
>
> Al Geist-Geist Arts, LLC
> Fine Art Photography - Exceptional Note Cards
> Mobile: 231-301-5770
> E-mail: al -at- geistarts -dot- com
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> "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to
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References:
RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing: From: Lane, Sion
RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing: From: Al Geist
Re: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing: From: Matthew Helmke

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