Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On writing

When people ask me what I do, I usually mumble in a rambling fashion, something about education, writing, translating, editing, training, teaching or some combination of these. Often the writing part is pushed aside as an interest, a hobby.

I have never stated clearly that I am a writer.  Even when I worked as a technical writer, I never really considered myself a 'writer'.

Yet writing is a huge component of my work. Training material, assessments, procedure and policy documents, research papers, websites, online help, handouts, booklets, software test reports, and so much more in many fields, from highly technical, medical, business, and educational from children to adults.

From today onwards, I'm not going to mumble or ramble. I'm not going to blather or push it aside as a hobby.

I am a writer and I am a teacher, plus I'm very flexible with the topics I write about or teach.