If a chemical engineer cannot write a coherent report, the true value of his or her investigation may be distorted or go unrecognized.
Better technical writing can result in proposals that win contracts, advertisements that sell products, instruction manuals that technicians can follow, and letters, memos, and reports that get your message across to the reader. Here are ten tips on style and word choice that can make writing clear and persuasive:
Know your reader — Are you writing for engineers? managers? technicians? Make the technical depth of your writing compatible with the background of your reader.
Write in a clear, conversational style — Naturally, a technical paper on sizing pumps shouldn’t have the same chatty tone as a personal letter. But most technical professionals lean too much in the other direction, and their sharp thinking is obscured by windy, overly-formal prose.
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