RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

Subject: RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- L-3com -dot- com'" <Joyce -dot- Fetterman -at- L-3com -dot- com>, '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 14:22:31 +0000

I love it when it when I say "I'm a tech writer," and they *get* it. Doesn't happen very often.

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Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 10:22 AM
To: Matthew Helmke; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

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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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
RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing: From: Joyce . Fetterman

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