Pro’s and Con’s of Becoming a Technical Writer

A technical writer is one who writes or rewrites technical pieces into a simpler form which can be easily understood by an average person. To become a technical writer, you would need to have the passion for writing and the liking for different industries, technical terms, and technology and so on. Like every other career, there are always two sides to becoming a technical writer, the pros and the cons.

The upside of this career is that it is currently at high demand; hence jobs are readily available in many different sectors. Also, this jobs yields a good pay and it increases with experience. On an average, a good and well experienced technical writer would be able to make a ballpark figure of about $90,000 a year.

In addition to that, another contributing factor to the pro list of this career is that it comes with many opportunities to discover the various gadgets, machinery, terms and technology advancements of our current times. This job would give you a great amount of exposure which would not only widen your general knowledge but allow you to be one of the first few to know about new products and services. Furthermore, by taking up this job, you would have the chance to pick the method of your job. Be it the 9-5 job at the desk or if you find that too mundane you could always opt for a job as a freelancer.

The downside of this job is that you would have to constantly make room for rejection. The writing world is one that is tough and competitive and you could easily be turned down if another person has got more experience or a better education. Besides that, your work would be one that leads you to live a mundane and lonely work lifestyle. This is so because you would be required to spend many hours alone writing and editing your article.

All jobs have got their ups and downs and it is up to you to weigh them out and make your decision based on that. So consider these points and take your career to the path your heart calls for.



Source by Rowena Fernandez

3 Components Of Writing

If you keep these 3 components in mind while writing, you will have a more complete story. In general, you are looking at each component representing a section of the work. If you divided the work, whether article or story, into 4 equal sections, then the first component (BEGINNING) will equal about 1/4 of the work. The second component (MIDDLE) will represent 2/4 or 1/2 of the total work. The third component (END) will represent the last 1/4 of the work. Keep in mind, this is just an approximate division; every work will be different.

1 – BEGINNING:

  • The introduction to the work or story.
  • Depending on the topic of the work, this section may be short or long, but will be less than the middle.
  • In non-fiction, the beginning will serve as a “set up” to introduce the reader to the topic and give a brief outline or suggestion of what to expect in the rest of the work.
  • It may be used to tease the reader or to present a view into the characters, setting and plot.

2 – MIDDLE:

  • The exposition of characters, events, action, plot, research and main points of the work. This takes up the majority of the work.
  • In non-fiction, the middle will explain all theories, points, beliefs, facts, history etc. of the topic. This section will explore in great depth each of the points, usually sectioned by chapter (if a book).
  • This is where the writer will focus most of his or her attention. He will ask and answer questions, usually from either a teaching/education perspective or an informative perspective. Think of a math text book versus Grandma’s memoir.
  • In fiction, the middle will explore the plot and parallel subplots more deeply. This is where the main antagonist (the enemy-person, circumstance, disease etc), plus other secondary and more minor characters will be introduced and explored more fully. In crime/mystery and suspense, the killer’s identity will be foreshadowed in this section.
  • Foreshadowing, conflict, pacing, dialogue, red herrings and character development are key in this section. Conflict will play a vital role here. Numerous conflicts up the ‘danger’ element.
  • Just when everything seems to be working in favor of the main character (protagonist), something will happen to throw off the balance and rev up the action. This is true of all genres.

3 – END:

  • The conclusion of the work or story; the wrap up of events. Usually the shortest component.
  • In non-fiction, the end will wrap up the main points and beliefs of the writer.
  • This section will serve to emphasize why the writer chose this topic and what the main reason is for writing about it.
  • In fiction, the end will come to a climax where action and threat is of utmost importance.
  • A main conflict is revealed: such as the identity of a killer, a love interest, the truth of a mystery or a self-realization for the character.
  • Resolution occurs and someone loses, someone wins. Loose ends are tied up. The reader is left feeling that all is explained, or at least most (a twist at the end is popular with series.)

©2007 Cheryl Kaye Tardif



Source by Cheryl Kaye Tardif