Craft or an art
Is writing a craft or an art? I asked the question many times to myself before coming to technical writing. When you are a technical writer, you are doing a craft rather than art.
Technical writing is a skilled work in which the grammar, domain knowledge and tool expertise are united.
The writing as an art is different. Here you need to produce a piece of creative side of your talents. It's a superior skill that was earned by regular study, practice and observation. Journalism is the creative part of writing.
Technical writing is helping audience, whereas journalism is informing and entertaining the public.
- transform complicated material into simpler language for the general public
- plan and edit technical materials
- manage the preparation of illustrations and diagrams
- work as part of a team
- work under a deadline, possibly in a chaotic environment
On the other hand, journalist must engage the reader through a combination of human interest and narrative style. Since generally they can have single interview to collect the comments that bolster their stories, they must adopt a different, carefully planned interview style.
The goal and emphasis of technical writing is different from that of creative writing. A technical document communicates facts, explain procedures, and critically evaluate the process. The emphasis is given to accuracy and precision of facts. The sentences used are concise rather than descriptive.