Several months ago, a friend of mine connected me with another writer, Andrea J. Wenger, who was working on an article focusing on the delicate balance between technical writing and creative writing. It is a subject I find myself thinking about a lot (like, seriously, A LOT).
Technical writing gets a bum rap sometimes. I mean, by me. I bitch about my day job a lot. Of course I’d rather devote my life and time to writing creatively.
I’d also really like it if I could eat Oreos all day and not have to run 5 miles just to work off 5 of those little bastards.
But, the truth is that I like living in a house with a roof. I like being able to afford Milk and Oreos. I’m even crazy enough to think about things like 401K plans and interest rates. I guess I became an adult somewhere along the line because I also really care about doing my day job well and succeeding at it.
Call me a sell out.
Call me crazy.
But, the point is this: the reason you can call me at all is because I have a job that pays my cell phone bill.
So, as much as I complain about my J-O-B, I’m also very lucky to have it. And, I would encourage any strong writer to consider pursuing a career in technical writing because not only does it pay the bills, it is a career that is suited to your strengths. It has given me the freedom to write fiction which is incredibly important to me.
You won’t get rich and famous as a technical writer but it ain’t diggin’ ditches, either!
(Can we call that the new Tech Writing motto?)