Technical Writing is Not Boring
Technical writing has gotten a bad reputation for being boring. Many people have found documentation to be dry, uninspired, and textbook-like. (And, to be fair, sometimes it is.) Now, this isn’t a bad thing, but it’s certainly enough to keep people away from reading this type of writing. But there are reasons why those who consider it boring should reconsider.
- Information is power at work – When you know what to do, you have more power in your job. You will know how to handle problematic situations and how to manage new job responsibilities. (But you have to read the documentation.)
- Fewer errors – If you’re using technical documentation properly, you can avoid issues in processes, while also saving yourself time and effort along the way. Imagine not facing the problems you’d face without instructions. That leaves you with time to be bored, but it also makes the writing much less dull.
- Better experiences – The experiences you can have on the job or with the software systems you’re using can be easier and more enjoyable. When you know how to use the program, you’ll get more out of it.
Still think technical writing is boring? Think of your life when you don’t interact with it. Yes, you still need to read, but reading can be good, especially when rewards are waiting in the end.
As a technical writer, what kinds of tricks of the trade do you use to break up the monotony?