What Technical Writers Bring to the Table
A few years back, when the original source article was written, Wikipedia defined technical writers as “Professional writers who design, create, maintain and update many types of technical documentation, online help, user guides, white papers, design specifications, and other documents.” Since then, the information on the technical writing profession provided through Wikipedia has evolved, much like the profession itself has evolved. We especially enjoy the quote from Kurt Vonnegut, which describes technical writers as:
“..trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writing. This makes them freaks in the world of writers, since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to the reader.”
As the task list for which technical writers assume responsibility grows, so does their value to the team. Our previously published article, “How Technical Writers Add Value to Your Team” provided some insight on how technical writers are trained and how they can enhance the usability and value of your products or services. But much has changed since then.
Read How Technical Writers Add Value to your Team and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. As the technical writing profession has evolved, how has the value to the team that tech writers bring to the table increased in your experience?