One path to lots of money from writing is to fish, fight depression, and drink excessively on your favorite island in the stream, but there are move liver-friendly methods that don't involve long hours gutting helpless blue marlin and hating yourself. This week I accepted a generous employment offer. Here's something that helped. Agile Methodology is canon in information technology. Say bad things about Agile, you won't win friends or influence anyone, and I don't argue with the common-sense portions of Agile. I said as much in my interview, and then said there are also serious problems with Agile. The worst is one of the four main values in Agile (agilemanifesto.org). Working software is more important that comprehensive documentation. Telling that to a developer is functionally the same as telling him or her to forget documentation. Whether or not technical writing is any fun or not, documentation developed in parallel with software makes better software. Documentation endures, and as staff changes or new customers start using an application the best corporate memory is good old documentation, in the forms of inline comments, auto-generated documents, and separate prose. When I said I liked to write, the room brightened. I followed that up with the fact that every large programming project I've done started with a word processor, not a flowchart or a compiler. My experience may not be universal, but I think in this millennial world of 140 character tweeters, there is an understated demand for those loquacious at the keyboard. I am not a professional writer. I landed a nice role at a big company because I am a writer. Archimedes said, "Give me a long enough lever and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." I'm one up on the old fellow. I don't need a huge lever. I have a pen. It's amazing what those things can do.