I Wrote the Handbook

I’ve been doing some odd-job writing lately, like a handbook for our homeschooling co-op. I jumped at the chance to write it. The looks I received made me wonder if I had fuzzy antennae on my head. I did, so I took them off. Still, it occurred to me that writing a mission statement, requirements, and policies aren’t something most people like to do. So, I asked myself the question, “Why did I want to write this handbook?”

The diplomatic answer? I like details and structure. I was a receptionist for an architect/engineering firm when I was 19. It was okay, but I wanted to do more than answer the phone and greet people. So, they let me type up specs. I loved typing up the specs! Requirements down to 1/64 of an inch? How wonderful!

Finger pointing
Finger pointing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The real answer? I’m bossy, and writing a handbook is being bossy on paper. Have you ever read a student or an employee handbook and wondered about the writers of that handbook? Mostly, I’ve just wondered how they missed those typos. Now that I’m in the writer’s seat, I wonder if they rub their hands together and laugh maniacally while they work. I do. Mwahahahaha!

On the down side, guess who gets blamed when the handbook doesn’t fit the situation? 😦 Ah, the pitfalls of dictating policy. *sigh*

Author: Rilla Z

I'm a scribbler. I'm genuine. My topics of interest are: this world, the worlds inside my head, and the world to come. Oh, and cups of tea. Yes, I write about my cups of tea.

7 thoughts on “I Wrote the Handbook”

  1. I commend you! I was a technical writer in my former life. And yes I loved the structure and the decision-making power that comes with it. But oh, boy over several years of it I wanted to bang my head on the desk. The thing is now, when I read policy and procedure docs I find myself picking them apart! Go figure…


  2. I hear you… Paperwork and policy making has always been a joy for me. I think we just like the idea of life being organized and less chaotic, so we jump at the chance to help make sense of life.
    Good luck and best wishes!


  3. The most technical I’ve gone is for a newspaper. You know, they have to have form and everything in short terse sentences. And, even with that, you still get edited. I think the plus on this is that you LIKE doing it. Congrats on doing something you like.


    1. I think handbooks have a tendency to be repetitive, covering the bases in all sections, but I do like the challenge of writing articles with a limited word count. Somewhere on my list of things I’d like to try is flash fiction. Honestly, I don’t enjoy reading much of it, though. Thanks!


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