Re: Boring Discussions

Subject: Re: Boring Discussions
From: "Cheverie, Paul [Cont]" <paul -dot- cheverie -at- GPO -dot- CANADA -dot- CDEV -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 11:37:00 EST

With heartfelt if not brutal honesty, I can tell you that life is what
you make of it. Brain surgury can be boring if you aren't interested in it,
and what is interesting to one person may or may not be interesting to
another. There are people on this list who are interested, very interested
in the mechanics of writing. Some may take it much further than others.
If you're interested in becoming a technical writer you don't
necessarily need to have an interest in the minutae of grammar. It helps to
have more than a passing knowledge of how to construct a sentence, but it
doesn't have to be your life.
As for epiphanies, well that for the most part is a hollywood view of
the world. Most times it just doesn't happen. Technical writing is a job.
For some of us it is a career, but at its base it is just a job. We put our
hearts and souls into it because we take pride in doing our jobs well. And
if we do our jobs well our careers are properly serviced by it. If you're
looking for a calling you might consider the church.
There aren't many technical writers (in my experience) who approach
technical writing with the same passion that PaPa pursued the novel.
Best of Luck
Paul C.
paul -dot- cheverie -at- gpo -dot- canada -dot- cdev -dot- com

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