There is no short-cut that we know of to become a successful technical or commercial writer. The tried and tested method is to undertake an appropriate training course, specifically designed by industry professionals, such as ESTON’s EDL2D distance learning training course. The ESTON Training Technical/Commercial Authorship Diploma training course (Ref: EDL2D) comprises fourteen training packs that build into the most comprehensive study programme of its kind available today. Subjects covered include skills such as note making and note taking, report writing, copy writing, writing abstracts, synopses, specifications and technical descriptions, writing safety procedures and drills, technical and commercial manuals and guides, which are of considerable practical value to all in industry and commerce.
As a technical writer or author, you may be expected to establish contractual commitments, prepare synopses, and estimate project times and costs. You may also need to determine a programme of cost and production control, design and plan the publication, instruct illustrators, graphic designers and printers, and write the information so that the reader can understand it and assimilate it easily.
Technical and commercial writers (aka technical and commercial authors) use their technical skills and knowledge, or commercial experience, to prepare or amend documents that can be easily understood by users of products and services. Usually, writers or authors work for publications agencies, private companies, the armed services, Government departments (including local authorities) or manufacturers of complex equipment (such as computer systems, electric trains, commercial aircraft or nuclear submarines). The types of documents prepared or amended by the typical technical writer include: