Lately it seems like a lot of posts and comments I read describe how bad, lonely, thankless, etc. the career of technical writing can be. As a technical writer, I feel obligated to make a few rebuttals.
Here are the five things I love the most about being a technical writer:
1. It’s a great life. What can I say. I love to write, I love to tinker and explain how and why. But mostly, I love to write. And outside of being an author or a blogger, both of which I hope to do in my spare time, it is the only way I know how to get paid to do what I love.
2. It is a gratifying job. You are not going to be CEO and you are not going to have your face on Business Weekly. But you know, every single day, that the work you do is useful. And that’s more than I can say for some other things I’ve done in my life.
3. I get to work on my own terms. I love the flexibility of my position. Granted, I work for a great company that allows me that flexibility. But all I really need to do my job are my fingers, a keyboard, some great tunes, and a scratch pad for my random thoughts. How many other people can say that?
4. I can always improve and learn more. Writing is something that you can always do better or learn more about. The best way to improve- write more and read more. Lucky me, those are two of my favourite things to do. How much better can this get?!
5. I get to practice my job by doing what I love – writing and reading. I get to write a blog, work on a book, read the latest novels, and peruse some timeless poetry, all while improving my writing skills- both technically and otherwise.
It’s a good life.