Writer

5 Nov

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31 Responses to “Writer”

  1. Ian 5 November, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Hey mate, can you write me a log frame?

  2. Vasco Pyjama 5 November, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    I had been struggling to explain what I was doing here in PNG. I’m just going to direct everyone to this post.

  3. Michael Keizer 6 November, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    Wouldn’t @textbitch be an awesome Twitter name, though? It’s not taken yet…

  4. J. 6 November, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Ian – recognizing your old ops director, eh? (Write your own dang logframe… and grab me another coffee, will ya?🙂 )

    Vasco – Means more coming from you than it would from most others…

    Michael – Go for it! Sounds like an invitation to invasion of your account by porn-bots, though…

  5. andrew farrand 12 November, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Apparently, i’m going to get sick of writing one day soon. but for the moment, being a better-than-average writer of proposals, reports, and other texts is my meal ticket in the development field. perhaps when i’m in my 30s it won’t be so appealing, but right now, i’m happy to be “text bitch” rather than unemployed!

    I enjoy the blog – keep writing!🙂

    • J. 15 November, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

      Hey Andrew – no need to get sick of writing. Especially if it is, as you say, your meal ticket. Revel in being the “text bitch”!

  6. McKay 3 December, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Haha, good point. I like to be the rare multi-purpose breed who can also be the spreadsheet-bitch and presentation-bitch, you know, the whole communication suite!😉

    But at the end of the day, depending on the size and bureaucracy of the organisation, there is a large sense of purpose in being the writer-communicator, as you are the one actually making the wheels turn. Maybe that makes me a communications wonk, but I enjoy seeing a donor/funder/politco whether face-to-face or over proposals, come to the “aha” moment where they see what you see, become convinced to believe in you and your little brick of the development house, and part with a nice, sizable cheque. And this is double if you’ve managed to convince them to do the project your way, with the most intelligent reporting terms possible. Personally, I also really take pride in being a – or sometimes the – responsible party that ensures that what gets funded is as representative of the grassroots local realities as you can manage to listen, understand, translate and convey.

    • J. 3 December, 2009 at 10:48 am #

      I completely agree. Text bitches have more power than others think they do. I make it a personal practice to take on writing, rather than slough it off onto others.

  7. McKay 3 December, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Oh, the Twitter idea is brilliant Michael!🙂

  8. Sarah 8 January, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I love how this post conveys both the sheer, unglamorous drudgery and the absolutely critical nature of writing…I wish I could show use it in class with my high school students! However, the phrase “text bitch” might not go over well with some of their parents, even though it’s not like they don’t use it multiple times per day.

    • J. 8 January, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      change it to “text biaaaaaaatch..”

  9. angelica 17 January, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I’m a text bitch. if it’s any consolation to andrew, I’m in my mid thirties and I love being the text bitch (on my free time I write a blog and am writing a book).

    I like to write. Also, when you go to a meeting, and everyone expresses their opinion, it’s the one that drafts the minutes, or the report, or the whatever who usually decides what goes into the final draft….. catch my drift?

    • Justine 28 March, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

      love it! I’m a consultant and do mainly M&E and proposals so I am actually a full-time, professional text-bitch – I may have to even think about getting that put on my business cards! Yup, I’m that person that people get to delegate all the writing jobs they hate to … and I actually kind of enjoy it … I guess I’m a word-geek (and in my, ahem, late thirties, and been doing this for more than a decade so Andrew, you may just find you’re a word geek too!)

  10. Cottesloe Princess Does Safari In Stilettos 21 March, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    I really enjoyed this as it gave value to a skill I often curse because I’m always called in to do those things for other people because I can write, From now on I can take it as a compliment that they can’t write themselves, and that its skill building…

    I think you should write a blog about people who can and can’t read, emails specifically. I can’t seem to get my local colleages to open and read thier emails, or when they read them, they dont reply..They only seem to action things that are hard copy printed MEMOs…gees they love their MEMOs and anything they can sign and assign to some one else… Replying to an email with thought and critical analysis on the other hand….. Another story!!

    Loved the blog

    Gabriellademori.wordpress.com

    • gypsysoul 16 November, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

      you just made me feel so much more VALUED and appreciated doing the grunt job of reporting officer. I think I’ll go home with my chest a little higher tonight🙂

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