Do you want to know how you can write about technical subjects that you haven’t studied? For example, you want to know how you can write a user manual about a software system when you haven’t studied programming or the job the software will be used to perform. How can you write an effective proposal to bid on a project when you aren’t experts in how the different tasks involved should be done?
These are valid questions, but the good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in a specific field to write about it. This article focuses on skills needed to be an effective technical writer. A technical writer must have research skills, question – asking skills, and analytic skills. Without these skills, technical writer’s efforts to gather information can be unfocused and erratic.