Jack of all trades

I was planning a post on the non-writing skills of a good technical writer, but Tom Johnson at IdRatherBeWriting.com beat me to it:

How is the role of the technical writer evolving? It seems we’re moving away from writing and more towards other roles, such as reviewer/convener, user champion, editor, publisher, and promoter. However, it’s difficult to gauge change, especially across different job categories. In some scenarios, writing might never have been why we were hired.

Read the whole thing.

I’d say 3/4 of my day-to-day job is spent on non-writing tasks. Employable technical writers always have been (and always will be) flexible and seek ways to add value to the organization where ever they can.