Day in the life of
Technical Writer – Sara Bernier
Technical writing is a more detail-intensive task compared to other forms of writing. This means my day involves speaking to clients, analyzing the technical elements of a project, and then piecing together the content. I will often complete the research, write a structured layout (i.e. headings, main topics) and then begin writing. There are also multiple editing rounds before the document is passed onto a secondary editor. Some of these projects can take weeks to complete due to these steps.
My key responsibilities involve researching the client’s product/service, understanding its technicalities, and then penning them in a way readers can understand. In certain cases, I also participate in product testing to better understand the mechanisms. In general, there’s a balancing act here, which is why the 2-3 editing rounds are mandatory.
The pros include a higher barrier to entry, better pay, and a structured approach to writing.
The cons include a lot of time spent researching, ongoing edits, and strict legal requirements.
On the whole, technical writing is a rewarding opportunity for those who do get the chance to go down this path.
write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.