Every professional writer knows that our writing industry is divided into three broad segments; Content Writing, Creative Writing and Technical Writing. Of these three content writing is seen as the most primary job and so least valuable.
Content Writers therefore think that they should change their field to Creative Writer or Technical Writer. Creative Writing is the most diverse field of the three. It covers areas like writing for media, books and advertising sector. But Technical Writing and Content Writing have the same platform.
According to Society for Technical Communication (STC) Technical Writing is a communicating technique that
“exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:
• Communicating about technical or specialized topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures, or environmental regulations.
• Communicating by using technology, such as web pages, help files, or social media sites.
• Providing instructions about how to do something, regardless of how technical the task is or even if technology is used to create or distribute that communication.”
On a close reading of these three characteristics we find that all the three characteristics are listed in one or the other Content Writer’s profile. So what is the difference? Almost all content writers struggle with this question. Well with my experience as a Content Writer, Editor and Creative Writer I can say that it is precision.
For a Cell Phone both technical writer and content writer creates a Help Page. Content Writer will write a series of how to questions and answers. A Technical Writer will do the same. But the difference in their explanation and language is the main area on the basis of which we can differentiate the two designations.
But what about those content writers who have the required proficiency and control over the language? These writers can create identical contents that of a Technical Writer’s. Where do these writers stand? Should we call them Technical Content Writer, Technical Web Content Writer or simply a Content Writer?
Content Writing is the form of communication that is used to inform or express certain views and information to the end-user. Can you see any difference between technical writing and content writing? For me every Technical Writer is a Content Writer and vice versa. They just stand as a writer and nothing else.