Side-Effects of Being a Technical Writer

Ever since I have actively been interested in technical writing, I see instructions everywhere. Worse, I have started reading all sorts of information shared with products as diverse as hair removing creams to ready-to-eat food packets. The other day, I was marveling the person who must have put all the important information in the Hair Removal Cream’s short guide. Though one might say that a HRC is not a huge product, however I was definitely intrigued by that simple, 1 inch by 3 inch manual. It just had basic info such as – Directions to use, warnings and precautions and USP. I loved it.

Other side-effects of being a Technical Writer can be:

  • Seeing spelling mistakes even in the canteen blackboard and actually borrowing a Marker Pen from the cashier and correcting them.
  • Reading all the information on products as simple as my shampoo and conditioner 🙂
  • Getting irritated when I see “Comprises of” used in newspapers instead of just comprise.
  • Correcting husband’s English even when he sends an SMS to say he loves me (This is really heights and almost became a war issue in my household).

Have you had any similar experience? 

 

Comments

  1. Rupali Sahai

    Hi Shweta,

    I too feel the same. I keep correcting spelings and grammar in my husband’s emails and sms. He usually writes “fill” instead of “feel”. So it becomes, ‘he fill he loves me’. I can’t control laughing at these. Even while chatting with friends, I take care of commas, abbreviations, and always write complete sentences.  🙂

  2. Rupali Sahai

    Hi Shweta,

    I too feel the same. I keep correcting spelings and grammar in my husband’s emails and sms. He usually writes “fill” instead of “feel”. So it becomes, ‘he fill he loves me’. I can’t control laughing at these. Even while chatting with friends, I take care of commas, abbreviations, and always write complete sentences.  🙂

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