Re: Innate Talents, etc.

Subject: Re: Innate Talents, etc.
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 3 May 1995 20:47:42 PDT

> It does not take a Communications or Engineering degree to make
> a good Technical Writer. It takes the equivalent of both AND the
> INNATE talent to write to be a real TechWriter. Ya either got it or
> you don't . . .

This is the Age of Science. Kindly suggest a mechanism, or pony
up some evidence, that writing ability is somehow intrinsic, and
unaffected by training and experience. Because, if it is, it's
unlike every other "natural ability" ever studied.

Personally, I find assumptions about "innate abilities" to be divisive
and dismissive. I've seen people who "can't sing" turn into wonderful
singers; people who, like Barbie, find that "math is hard" turn into
scientists and engineers; and people who "can't write" develop into
excellent writers.

What's so horrifying about the idea that people can learn?

-- Robert
Robert Plamondon * Writer * robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (408) 321-8771
4271 North First Street, #106 * San Jose * California * 95134-1215
"Writing is like plumbing -- even people who know how to do it will
pay top dollar to keep their hands clean."

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