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Subject:Entry Level. My $.02 From:Ron D Rhodes <Ron_D_Rhodes -at- MAIL -dot- BANKONE -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 30 Oct 1997 09:21:05 -0500
I might have a MA in technical writing, but the last time I checked,
no-one cared. Anyone can learn what I acquired in school by simply
taking a careful and conscientious approach to language. To get
started in tech-writing, follow these steps:
1. Take an initial vow of poverty, or write to subsidize your current
income. If you prove to be an average writer, things will look up.
Sweat-equity pays dividends.
2. Order these books from Amazon.com:
A grammar book (One like your 12th grade teacher used. Learn it. Live
it. Love it. BE IT!)
A how-to book on tech-writing (get a couple of these)
A synonym finder (it's much better than a thesaurus)
Chicago Manual of Style
A good dictionary
Having stated all the above, I do appreciate the work my professors
invested in my future. But I'm betting that a few (not all) of them
might even mimic my response.
Ron "degree-brandishing-is-for-insecure-writers" Rhodes