Re: New writer looking for advice

Subject: Re: New writer looking for advice
From: carolyn223 palo <carolynpalo -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:02:30 -0400

Thank you for this info -

Wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a laptop? In speaking with
the program manager at the school I'll be attending - she advised PC not
Mac. I have an older HP desktop at home - but if there is something out
there in a laptop I should be checking out I'm all ears. I will be
bringing this to class also.

Thanks,
Carolyn

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On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

> It depends on the industry and position, but most tech writing jobs
> are primarily research, not writing. The fundamental skills required
> are;
>
> 1. write clear, concise English to spec (style guide, etc.) for a
> variety of audiences
> 2. learn new technologies quickly and easily
> 3. bridge the gap between the first two by putting what you learn into
> words
>
> If you have those skills, learning how to use Flare or other tools of
> the trade is a relatively minor concern.
>
> Rather than writing instructions for making a cup of coffee, which
> doesn't require skill #2 at all, I suggest something more technical,
> such as tutorial on using regular expressions in Apache Ant.
>
> > On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 8:35 PM, carolyn223 palo <carolynpalo -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hello Everyone,
> >>
> >> I am new to this discussion group. I am in the process of getting new
> >> skills to get into the technical writing field.
> >> I live in Mass. I am a creative writer/playwright, but find a writing
> job
> >> in the technical field is how I would like to
> >> earn a living. I am currently applying to a non-credit program for 2
> >> classes, one in the fall and one in the spring.
> >> Any thoughts as to how I can begin learning or job search prior to the
> >> certification program is over? I have a B.A. in English and an M.S. in
> >> Communications - but lack the strong tech skills used in today's tech
> >> writing field.
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