This genre is hard to put into a single box, as the skills needed in compelling writing that communicates well are needed in a variety of job descriptions. While there are Proposal Writers out there, in my case as a Sales Engineer I am expected to bring that skill to the table. So if you find yourself routinely doing any of the following (incomplete list), you are still a writer, but just not a Documentary or Sci-Fi one:
- Sales or Business Proposals
- Pamphlets, Handouts, or any 'Light' Reading Materials
- Articles for Magazines or Periodicals
- Documenting Events
- White Papers
- Marketing Materials
- Advertising Pieces
- Detailed descriptions of Business Initiatives (internal pitches)
- Anything use to sell something to someone, or compel them to agree with your ideas
- Job descriptions
- Consultative "Deliverables"
- Assessments or Evaluations
- Reviews of Processes or Systems, as well as Suggested Actions
But this skill/career also involves another form of communication, Multi-media:
- Technical Diagrams
- Flow Charts
- Illustrations of the above list
- Animations that Explain
- Interactive Demonstrations
- Trade Show Presentations and Animations
- Video & Audio Creation and Editing
And then there are those roles/tasks/jobs that utilize the two lists above:
- Software or Hardware Demonstrator
- Hosting Business/Demo Webinars
- RFx Responses
What I'm NOT talking about (though we all concede there is money to be made):
- Mass Mailings
- Junk Mail
- Con Jobs, Deceptive Writing, Fleecing Seniors
- Certainly anything illegal
These lists aren't meant to be exhaustive, but I'm sure you can think of more than a few I've missed.
Just like (I assume) the fiction and non-fiction writing genres, there are right & wrong ways to communicate in a compelling fashion. It is part accuracy, part technical, part psychological, and yes, part good writing! :smile: While I have never published a book the public can buy, there are hundreds to thousands of examples of my writing in the public eye-it is simply unattributed. Internally, I have written dozens of books about specific technical and business topics in my career(s) in the military, casinos/gaming, and the larger corporate/business world.
I'm the author of thousands of compelling presentations, in every format you can imagine-even in programming languages, and these have made people (including me) a lot of money. Well, I don't make a lot of money, but I have provided for my family consistently for well over 20 years doing it. I am usually given an insanely short amount of time to bang out something that will be critiqued by dozens, and usually edited without my knowledge or my seeing the 'final' deliverable(s).
You see? This kind of writing even has it's own weird vocabulary, like "deliverables". What respectable creative writer uses that word?! :smile: But I'd like to show that we "________ writers" (still can't find a good word for the above described genre) are legitimate, and there is value in the kind of writing we do. We break things that are extremely complicated down into understandable chunks. I've even been called a "Simplifier"...
After all this, I am still not a 'published' writer! I am humbled by the way creative writers approach & complete their work. Now it is true that I have been trying to change that dismal fact lately, but even if I fail, my writing skills will still pay the bills.
So I look forward to you sharing your story, and hopefully we can answer questions those unfamiliar with this career aspect may have, and share our anecdotes, career advice, and even examples of how its done right, and how its done wrong. :smile: