Re: Novelists & other good writing

Subject: Re: Novelists & other good writing
From: Vignes Gerard M <gmv0570 -at- UCS -dot- USL -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1993 05:40:09 GMT

In article <29111 -dot- csvmja -at- admin -dot- ac -dot- edu> "Maureen J. Akins" <csvmja -at- admin -dot- ac -dot- edu>
>As a Computer Support Specialist (a troubleshooter, an instructor, a
>technical writer, and a programmer), I've found that my best experience has
>come from introducing beginners to computers. Once you've seen how
>instructions can be misinterpreted, or how incomplete instructions can be a
>source of panic, you can begin to understand why it is an art to write well.

A corollary to your observation might be the statement:

"to be a good technical writer, one must first become
an accomplished reader of technical literature."

I suspect that you must have spent many hundreds of hours
teaching yourself from tutorials and manuals in order to
be able to help others, and that experience has given you
the perspective to become a truly competent technical writer.


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