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I'm not a novelist paying my dues, I'm a tech writer. The other writing
is a form of play. One that is enhanced by my work and that enhances my
work, but I do it for "fun." It goes a bit beyond amusement, but I'm not
trying to make a living at it, now or ever.
I'm happy being a semi-engineer. The writing I do outside of work
fulfills my need for self-expression. As a professional "creative"
writer, I'd spend much more time marketing my work, and much of the
writing would be nearly as tightly constrained by market demands as my
current writing is by the subject matter.
As it is, I get to spend most of my non-writing work time exploring
software, the stuff I'm writing about, the tools I'm using, and the
nifty new delivery systems. Projecting what kind of 3D hypertext
multimedia stuff is going to be useful is actually a responsibility, not
just fun. I get to influence the development of new industrial software.
That's pretty cool.
If I were writing novels, they would be the kind of old fashioned "hard"
science fiction that doesn't sell anymore. Instead, I get to write
pretty much the same thing (except I don't even have to mess with
characters and dialog which are kind of a pain anyway) and have it real.
mike -dot- huber -at- software -dot- rockwell -dot- com
>From: Alexia Prendergast [SMTP:alexiap -at- SEAGATESOFTWARE -dot- COM]
>Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 1997 9:36 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Writing novels too?
>I'm starting to get a complex -- I love technical writing!
>In 10 years, I hope I'm writing better technical books and
>help and multimedia demos and exploiting whatever hip, new
>technologies are out there. I've messed around with some
>fiction and poetry, even got a few pieces published--but I
>do it more because it clears my head and my technical writing
>is better as a result.
>Am I that strange? No... wait... don't answer that...<grin>