What is Technical Writing?
Technical Writing is an advanced and unique field which conveys information in a simple and understandable way to a particular set of audience. The audience includes both technical and novice audience. In the corporate sector, most of the technical writers are indulged in creating user manuals, write effective web site content, design manuals for systems and topics related to IT and engineering organizations. Technical Writing has a much wider scope than this. The work of a technical writer is reflected through his capability of conveying complex technical topics in an easily understandable manner. Technical writers write, draft, design, and/or edit manuals, reports, proposals, web pages, newsletters and many other types of professional documents.
A big project often necessitate a technical writer to work with other professional teams such as interface designer, software programmers, graphic designer and even freelance writers for designing a vast web site. But for a small project or for a small organization, it may be required for a technical writer to handle everything alone.
A technical writer is not limited to a particular specialization or area thus enhancing the scope in the market sector. Technical Writing can be used in varied fields such as computer software and hardware, electronics, physics, chemistry, robotics, aeronautic industry, biotechnology and much more.
A good technical writer must be proficient and have a knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Document Development Life Cycle (DDLC) and able to identify his role in different stages of these cycles.
Let’s go through these cycles to make out the role of a technical writer in each phase.