TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Tech writing and Stress From:Lynda Shindley <bentley -at- WINTERNET -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 12 Dec 1995 07:44:54 -0600
This if for Rick Lippincott: (Sorry, I do not have your email adress at hand
Before I returned to college, in a mid-life that included a husband (EE) and
two rebellious teenagers, I was a surgical nurse. That was stressful.
Getting called out in the middle of a frigid Iowa winter night for a
ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm or C-section for a fetal distress
premature infant is no picnic. Even routine cases can be a nightmare. But,
because this is a technical writer's list, so I will move on to the proper
I became a technical writer to get away from some of the stress, and
incorporate my previous education and experience, and new education, into a
medical writing profession. I was a user of medical instrument manuals. You
have no idea how many times some of the manuals seemed to skip steps. The
writers assumed we knew more than they wrote about. I have seen surgeons
kick over a stand that held the manual!
Now I deal with stressful situations, but the level is minimized compared to
that of trying to be part of a life-saving team. Perhaps I just learned more
patience in my previous career, and that is why technical writing makes a
great second career. We writers really need patience!
Lynda Shindley (Not Henrik Lyder)
bentley -at- winternet -dot- com or shind001 -at- maroon -dot- tc -dot- umn -dot- edu
Chaska, MN (It's even colder than Iowa!)