Technical Writing for Dummies: Why this Dearth of Quality

The demand for technical writers grew coincidental with the IT boom, and technical writing became a hot career choice in the 90s. Unfortunately, almost 25 years later, the gap between demand and supply of technical writers is as wide now as it was then.

If the knowledge of English language and a moderate grasp of technology is all that is required to be a technical writer (as is the common presumption), then the demand supply ratio wouldn’t be as skewed as it is right now. The ability to logically explain is one of the most essential traits of a successful tech writer. What this means is that tech writers must be more than wordsmiths. You, as a tech writer, must be able to translate complex information into one that is easily understood by the target audience (this could be general audience or technically trained).

Mark Twain said, “To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.” But these days, writing alone isn’t as valued as it once was. A technical writer must add more value and go beyond writing. They need to be problem solvers and must strive to be problem solvers, analytical thinkers, information architects, project planners, etc.


This blog serves as a starter for an interesting journey, titled “Technical Writing for Dummies”. This series hopes to serve as a beginner’s guide to quality technical writing – the emphasis clearly being on quality. Watch this space. 

Category: Career, Documentation, Online Help, Technical Writing, Writing


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