Since the subject, purpose, and audience being addressed in Technical Writing are limited to nonfiction, with the purpose of instructing or educating a technical or non-technical audience about technical subjects, the voice used to accomplish this goal is restricted. Clarity, brevity, and accuracy are integral to the voice being used in Technical Writing, especially when the writing addresses complex technical material. When addressing a non-technical audience, a clear and understandable voice must still be used in order to make difficult, technical material more comprehensible. The voice for addressing a technical audience must be clear, brief, and accurate. In Technical Writing, there is little room for salient descriptions that could potentially confuse the reader. User manuals and online help material must be understandable to meet the needs of either a technical or non-technical audience. There exists little room in Technical Writing for slang, colorful metaphors, or long, elegant modifiers.
In Creative Writing, clarity can serve its purpose (just ask Ernest Hemmingway, a writer famous for his