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Subject:Re: in the beginning there was.... From:"Steven J. Owens" <puff -at- netcom -dot- com> To:jcluth -at- yahoo -dot- com Date:Wed, 8 Dec 1999 20:07:19 -0800 (PST)
Jack Cluth writes:
> I find myself in need of some advice and guidance. My
> situation is that I'm trying to break into technical
> writing, but I do not have a technical background per se.
> What I do have is writing skills and colleagues who have
> told me I would be perfect in this field.
> My dilemma is this: where to start? Where can I go to learn
> the skills and tools I would need to be useful and
> marketable? Essentially what I'm looking for is a foot in
> the door.
> Any ideas, suggestions, cautions, etc. would be greatly
> appreciated. If this is off-topic, please accept my
> apologies. Please respond directly if possible. Muchas
Well, I *was* going to tell you to head for a search engine and
look for an archived copy of my old article on this topic, but it
appears it's no longer around, so I dug up a copy and put it at: