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It seems that what you are experiencing is the development of a relatively
new career field. Or you might have had some glowing ideas that weren't
accurate in reality. Few people have the same idea of what a technical
writer does, even your supervisors. I have experienced the same rootlessness
and lack of guidance you have...it seems that honest, nonthreatening,
friendly and progressive communication is key, with an eye to developing
along paths that agree with the expectations of others, needs of the job,
and your ideals. Compromise may be necessary with willingness to tolerate
uncertainty. Count yourself lucky in your salary advancement in a hot
field. For some, that alone is the whole point.