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I've had a couple of short stories, during times when I was
concentrating on minimizing documentation, vanish completely. When it's
fiction, none of it is really necessary.
I've noticed that my technical writing is better when I have a short
story waiting at home. I'm not sure which way the cause and effect run,
but there is definitely a correlation.
mike -dot- huber -at- software -dot- rockwell -dot- com
>From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA [SMTP:geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA]
>Sent: Monday, August 04, 1997 12:24 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Writing novels too?
> Julie Hesselgesser wondered if anyone else writes novels
> outside work. Yup... plus lots of short stories. The
> hardest part is getting past the techwhirler conditioned
> reflex: "Make it as concise as possible, then make it
> shorter." It takes me an awful lot of mental effort to let
> events unfold and characters express themselves at their
> own pace, and that really annoys me. But I nonetheless
> enjoy changing writing styles after work; it's like doing
> strength and endurance training at different times when you
> exercise... builds very different mental muscles.