RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

Subject: RE: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing
From: "Will Husa Documentation Solutions" <will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>
To: "'techwrl'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:03:13 -0500

I got tired of the blank faces when I would respond with "I'm a Tech
Writer." Now, I just tell them that "I write user manuals." If they're in
tune to that, they'll respond with something like "Really? What kind?"
If the audience doesn't know what a user manual is, then I tell that "I
write those instructions that tell you how to build a better barbecue." That
usually breaks the ice.


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Will Husa
Technical Writer
Will Husa Documentation Solutions
Phone: 708.927.3569
Skype ID: william.husa
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Behalf Of Craig Cardimon
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 6:28 PM
To: techwrl
Subject: Technical Writing vs. Professional Writing

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."

--
Cordially,
Craig Cardimon -- "The Duct Tape Writer"

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