[Courses] [Careers] Carla the Country Geek
carla at bratgrrl.com
Mon Jan 31 13:10:41 EST 2005
On Sunday 30 January 2005 4:20 pm, Mary wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2005, Carla Schroder wrote:
> > wrote about computer-related health issues, such as repetitive strain
> > injuries and chronic headaches. That evolved into a regular column "Happy
> > Healthy Computering."
> > Which then evolved into a computer column, "Basic Computing" in 1997.
> > Somewhere in there I discovered Red Hat Linux, and knew I had really found
> > home. Then that evolved into "Business Linux."
> Do you think your writing has improved since you started writing
> Is so, how did it improve? Through the work itself? Through extra
> non-professional writing?
Definitely it has improved, just from doing so much. I don't do a lot of
writing for fun. I find there are three steps that help me get better:
1. reading a lot
2. following mail lists and forums, and tuning it to what people want to know
3. really knowing the subject before ever typing a word
As far as style and raw writing talent go, I'm pretty average. In technical
writing I'm not trying to dazzle readers with literary brilliance and
cleverness- I'm trying for clarity and helpfulness. So where I have improved
the most is in organization and presentation.
Reader comments help a lot too. Most folks are great and give thoughtful
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