Re: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer

Subject: Re: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer
From: John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:21:39 -0400

Late to the party ...

âThere are really only five things tech writers do:

1. *Conceptualize *- pick up new ideas quickly and be able to âdeal with
them effectively
2. *Investigate *- read, try, talk ... access people with information
you need and get it from them as well as code, specs, demos, rumor, and
innuendo
3. *Assimilate *- be able to absorb the information you get and truly
own it so that you can picture it in your head and undesratnd all the
internal connections: If I do this here ... that happens over there
4. *Organize *- be able to structure the information in the best
possible way to present it to someone else
5. *Write *- I usually say 'regurgitate', but it's the ability to put
the information into the structure you have devised so that the people it's
intended for can use it.

Everything else is part of one of those bullet points. All that changes
over time as tools, new concepts, and approaches emerge and get foisted
upon us. The core skills still remain and we learn to adapt them to
whatever comes our way. It's what we do so that we can explain things.


My 2Â,


JG
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References:
Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: Janoff, Steven
RE: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: mbaker
RE: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: Peter Neilson
RE: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: Janoff, Steven

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