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“Creative Writing versus Technical Writing”

It is often difficult to distinguish the differences and similarities between Technical Writing and Creative Writing. Writing is writing and good writing is creative writing. If we accept, however, that Technical Writing exists in its own category, with Creative Writing in another, how can we categorize creative Technical writing? ne way to explore the differences and similarities between Technical Writing and Creative Writing is to analyze them with regard to sub!ect, purpose, audience and voice. "ven a rudimentary analysis of these two writing styles in terms of sub!ect, purpose, audience and voice will expose the fact that Creative Writing encompasses a broader scope of writing than Technical Writing, with fewer limitations. The sub!ect and purpose in Technical Writing and Creative Writing differ in that Technical Writing is always nonfiction, with the purpose of educating or instructing, while Creative Writing can be fiction, nonfiction, or a combination of both, and can serve any purpose. Creative Writing is nonrestrictive, encompassing goals from education to entertainment. In contrast, Technical Writing is never meant to entertain, though it can be entertaining at times, depending on the sub!ect, purpose, and audience being addressed. "ntertaining Technical Writing can be considered creative Technical Writing. Creative Writing sub!ects can be fiction, nonfiction, or a combination of both, as is usually the case with biographies. Technical Writing focuses on nonfiction, technical procedures, methods, or processes. Creative Writing can be about any sub!ect, from fantastical stories of #ic$ey #ouse to hard%boiled detective stories about corrupt policemen. Technical Writing about #ic$ey #ouse might include a user manual about a #ic$ey #ouse website, telephone or video game, or some bac$%end documentation about an interactive #ic$ey #ouse website. &ust as the sub!ect of Technical Writing is limited to nonfiction, with the purpose of educating or instructing, the audience in Technical Writing is limited as well. The

.!ust as$ "rnest -emmingway. a clear and understandable voice must still be used in order to ma$e difficult. In Creative Writing. or long. the audience in Creative Writing is far from being neatly divided among technical and non%technical. especially when the writing addresses complex technical material. There exists little room in Technical Writing for slang. online help materials and abstracts address a semi% technical or non%technical audience. abstracts. (ser manuals and online help material must be understandable to meet the needs of either a technical or non%technical audience. In Technical Writing. purpose. flow charts and installation manuals usually address a technically proficient audience. hobby. interest. or interest. clarity can serve its purpose . Clarity. taste. *ince the sub!ect. a writer famous for his terse%!ournalistic%writing%style. while the audience that en!oys space exploration. the audience in Creative Writing is unlimited. and accuracy are integral to the voice being used in Technical Writing. brevity. speculation documents. The voice for addressing a technical audience must be clear. and audience being addressed in Technical Writing are limited to nonfiction. there is little room for salient descriptions that could potentially confuse the reader.. When addressing a non%technical audience. "ssentially. technical material more comprehensible. often defined by how this audience understands'or is trying to understand' the technical sub!ect being presented in the writing. (ser manuals. or whatever demographic niches a publisher or literary agent decides to fabricate. gets addressed in *cience +iction. the voice used to accomplish this goal is restricted. elegant modifiers. Test procedures. The audience that en!oys romance is addressed in )omance novels. with the purpose of instructing or educating a technical or non% technical audience about technical sub!ects.audience for Technical Writing can be divided into a technical and a non%technical audience. and accurate. or futuristic technology. colorful metaphors. In Creative Writing. and so too can long descriptions. it is divided into numerous categories based on hobby. In short. Instead. audiences tend to be divided among age. brief.

William 1ibson/s 2euromancer. While the purpose of Technical Writing is to educate or instruct about technical material. or a combination of the two. despite the smaller sub%categorical size of Technical Writing. *ince Creative Writing is much less limited than Technical Writing. Though Technical Writing generally addresses a technical audience. the smaller. In fact. While Technical Writing is always non%fiction. 4y the same to$en. and mostly used to educate or instruct. it can be considered a broader writing category.which really isn/t a rule. Creative Writing can encompass Technical Writing. depending on authorial intent. Technical Writing audiences can be non%technical. Creative Writing can potentially do the same. the sub!ect matter and material being presented. the purpose of Creative Writing is limitless. and accurate. Technical Writing and Creative Writing are different styles of writing. and whatever else serves the audience being addressed. though they can ma$e the writing better. computer literate audience.e. This is the case when technical material gets presented in a uni5ue manner to serve the purpose of educating or instructing its audience. Creative Writing can be fiction. in order to express ade5uately. which coined the term 3cyberspace/ addressed a very technical. more restrictive category of Technical Writing is 5uic$ly expanding to meet the growing demands of a new information technology age.esoteric imagery. resulting in what could be deemed creative Technical Writing. about establishing a voice is that it appropriately serve the sub!ect matter and audience for which it is being written. With the ever%changing range of technological sub!ects and the broadening audience entering the Technological arena. In essence. non%fiction. but a strong suggestion. Clarity and accuracy are not integral to a creative writing voice. as is often the case in science fiction0 i. . the style is expanding. concise. The Technical Writing voice must be clear.In the case of 2athaniel -awthorne'who got paid by the page'brevity was not always necessary. -owever. In Creative Writing. . which address different sub!ects and audiences. the only rule . and can be used to educate or instruct.

sub!ect helps to determine audience.“The Techncial Writer’s Checklist” Below are listed 7 essential steps for developing a user manual: 1 ) / 0 2 7 !etermine "#B$%CT and &#'&("%. !etermine C(. !etermine *#!+%.audience helps to determine voice. .% W'+T% %!+T and '%.purpose helps to determine sub!ect. !etermine .T%.C% .+"% .(+C% .T Create an (#T1+.