Re: in the beginning there was....
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
My advice is to begin by going to an STC meeting. See http://www.stc.org. You'll met others in your same situation, as well as experience technical communicators.
I'd also see if your present company has a documentation department and meet with their writers. I am on contract at a large insurance company, and one of the "techies" first learned about technical writing as a careen option when I interviewed him as an SME. He expressed interest in learning more about TW, and his manager let him take an extension course at a local college.
Marc A. Santacroce
Senior Technical Writer/President
epubs -at- ricochet -dot- net
"Everything has a fifty percent probability; either it's going to happen, or it's not."
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