Technical writing is any form of writing that seeks to explain or educate the reader on certain products or processes of a procedural nature. That means that as a technical writer, you will be defining, explaining and simplifying information that may be difficult for others to understand.
Technical writers exist online usually as web content, user manual and equipment troubleshooting writers. They are also found in print media in the form of textbooks, syllabi and curriculum development writers. Business proposal writers are also considered technical writers. This form of writing provides you with the potential to earn lots of money due to the attention to detail and potentially laborious work involved.
At least in this niche, I would say for a fact that most people would just hire you rather than do it themselves. As a technical writer, there are certain things you must do to guarantee the effectiveness of your work; they include:
- Keep things simple and avoid jargon
This is by far the fundamental role of a technical writer. The terminologies and processes in your particular field may be complex and only understood by few outside that professional area. It is your job to simplify this information, explain the jargon and create a piece of literature that can be understood by the average layman without losing the essence of the message conveyed. You want the reader to relate to whatever it is you are writing about, even though they may not have prior experience with the same.
Technical writing may be a bit difficult because of the level of knowledge needed to write on a particular topic. This is not to say that only professionals in that area are technical writers of the same, just that it is easier that way. If you are not well versed in a particular topic but wish to write about it, then a great amount of research is needed so that you completely understand whatever it is you are writing about. That is very important!
- References to avoid plagiarism
As a technical writer, you will sometimes have to refer to other pieces of literature such as journals, books, research material and the likes to add weight to your argument or further clarify your work. When this happens, you must be sure to reference the source of your information so that you do not plagiarize. Fortunately, there are several online websites that can assist you with the sometimes annoying task of writing a bibliography and assembling your reference page.