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What is “ Technical Writing”?. Dr . Mike Downing Technical Writing. Clarity Technical Writing teaches writers how to explain, in simple language, technical and scientific concepts (or processes) that are difficult for the average reader to understand.

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what is technical writing

What is “Technical Writing”?

Dr. Mike Downing

Technical Writing

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  • Technical Writing teaches writers how to explain, in simple language, technical and scientific concepts (or processes) that are difficult for the average reader to understand.
  • Examples of technical writing include user manuals, “help” documentation, medical descriptions, scientific writing, process description, white papers, analysis, and step-by-step instructions.
What is technical writing?
you must understand your topic


You cannot write about a topic you do not understand. This means to have to develop your expertise in a particular area before you can expect to be paid to produce documents related to that field.

You must understand your topic
developing expertise


Therefore, it is a good idea for you to being thinking about a particular area of expertise as you move through school so that you can take a few classes in that area. For example, if you are interested in writing about technology, be sure to take at least one computer class.

Developing expertise
why are you writing


  • Understand the purpose of your writing. If you don’t know what you want to accomplish, nobody else will.
  • It is helpful to write a single-sentence purpose statement: The purpose of this document is to explain the functions of GE’s new digital alarm clock (for example).
Why are you writing?
audience considerations


  • Always ask yourself: “Who will be reading the text that I have written?”
  • A boss? [Upward communication]
  • A co-worker? [Lateral communication]
  • Someone outside the organization? [Outward communication]
  • People that you supervise? [Downward communication]
  • Anyone who might stumble upon the company website?
  • An expert?
  • All of these factors will play a role in your writing.
Audience considerations
organizing information

Logical Order

  • Technical writing typically is based on logical order. First, one step, then another, then another.
    • Sometimes, it is important for the reader to be aware of several steps at once.
    • Sometimes it is important for the reader to consider all of the instructions before proceeding.
  • In any event, you must make the reading pattern clear at the outset: READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE CONSTRUCTING ROCKET.
  • You can also use parenthetical information to refer to other points within the document (e.g. See Section One)
Organizing Information


  • Excellent technical writers can earn a great deal of money. According to Peter Kent, author of Making Money in Technical Writing, technical writers can make more than $100,000 per year and some make more than $150,000.