RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

Subject: RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing
From: Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- L-3com -dot- com
To: "Matthew Helmke" <matthew -at- matthewhelmke -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:22:05 -0400

Matthew Helmke wrote:
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.


I usually answer in a similar way, since much of the writing that I do
isn't software-specific. It often opens a discussion about types of
writing.

However, last weekend I was attending a CERT training class. The
instructor, an EMT, asked us to introduce ourselves and say what we do
for a living. I simply said that I am a tech writer; his response was
"Oh, wow!", delivered in a sincere and appreciative tone. (People who
depend on accurate writing DO appreciate us.) Made me feel all warm and
fuzzy.

Later I was even warmer (though less fuzzy) as, on the hottest day ever
recorded in Atlanta, we went outside to practice fire-suppression
drills! Yes, we set fires so that we could practice putting them out.
Great fun.

Joyce Fetterman


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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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