How to Succeed as a Technical Writer
If you have great passion for words and have a degree or diploma in any technology field, then your chances of success is beyond your wildest imaginations. You can be part of that clan of writers out there, who make anything from a thousand dollars to several thousands every month from writing technical articles online for freelance websites, building their brands and getting noticed.
It’s a really wonderful field of writing. And, with the advent of Internet and web publication technologies, the traditional text publication platform has tasted a whole revolution. Today, as an author you are free to publish anywhere at your own will. All you need is some talent in writing, which most of us inherently have.
However, in order to succeed, the most important thing is your brand. You may be a great writer offline, you may know it yourself, and possibly, your nearest friends may know of this fact as well. But the world doesn’t, your prospective client doesn’t. In such a scenario, come the freelance websites. These websites give you a platform to show off your merit and get sales for the content you make.
Examples of the best freelance websites are Guru.com, Elance.com, getafreelancer.com, and so many others. You may just do a search from Google and you will stumble upon a million of them.
What you need to succeed?
One and the most important thing you need for success in freelancing industry is a flawless language and an extensive vocabulary. This will come about as a result of a lot of reading. But do not read any ordinary web publication. You should strive hard to find out the best publications to read. Those, which can enrich your mind, give you some thoughts, and give you new words and ideas. There are not too many of them. And I assure you, top bloggers may not get one sentence correct!
So, look out for authentic sources to read or those sites or blogs, which help you in writing. There are many.
Secondly, you should have quality content in your writing. Writing anything would not make you successful. The quality comes inherently. Naturally. All you have to do is understand what you are writing about and do an in depth research on the topic. Find out the important information on the technology you are going to write about:
It’s advantages and disadvantages
It’s issues and glitches
It’s benefit on the ordinary people
The ways people may use to tweak it to their advantage
The ways to use the tool productively
Any issue with particular groups of people: like children, adults, senior citizens, etc.
Any future improvements
The general statistics of the service provider and the service itself
In any writing about technologies hitting the market and those already in, these points are very important.
To do the research, you can use tools like Google. Do an in depth search for all the terms associated with the technology and find out everything available related to it. Once you get enough information, should read through it. Reading will generate more ideas in you, and will strengthen your points. Start your writing only after you read your research content.
Topic to find
You can find out the topic of writing by various means. The best way is by looking at the current technology news from Fox News, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, BBC World, etc. Such news channels and their websites provide you with the latest happenings in the technology field. What you have to do is read through a specific interesting post and find out the proper keywords. Then do an in depth research on these keywords with Google and Wikipedia. You can get a number of research pages to concentrate your writing on. And such content-rich articles are what the people want, and what hit high in search results. So, they will be purchased for any price you set on them.
All the best to all those who wish to get successful technical writing careers.