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You started me thinking again...bad sign. Like you I grew up in a corporate/bureaucratic environment (28 years as a working biologist before retirement) where lots of writing was necessary, but most individuals came to the position well educated with lots of biological and scientific smarts, but poorly prepared to communicate via the written word.

And, I admit up front I was in the same boat with one exception. I had a bevy of friends who were professional writers, who took time to bleed all over my material. The challenged me. I took their critiques to heart and learned to write...still a hack, but that is another story.

When young budding biologists come to me and ask what courses they should take, I recommend several writing classes beyond Writing 101 required for all freshmen. Regardless of what field you end up in, a person who can write has a leg up on the competition.

A person who writes technical material for a corporation, is no less a writer that one who freelances and sells articles to magazines or where ever. The only difference is the competition.

I now write what I want, sell most, and joy the hell out of the life I've created as I pass through my sixth decade.

Damn Anne, you got me started again.

Now back under my rock.

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