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4 tips for technical writing

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The goal of technical writing is to clearly and concisely explain a point or offer direction. 

You may need to use more technical writing if you are creating an instruction manual, a training guide for new employees or another document needing straightforward language. Here are four tips for better technical writing:    

  1. State your purpose. Avoid creative introductions, and make your point early on.    
  2. Write to your audience. Consider whom you are writing for and adjust your words accordingly. Do they have a background in your topic or will the information be new to them?    
  3. Establish a logical order. Create an outline before you begin writing. Account for each step that the reader must take. Then divide your writing into sections using headings and subheadings.    
  4. Incorporate visual aids. Visuals  give readers a break from the heavy content.

— Adapted from “What Is Technical Writing?” Chad Brooks, www.businessnewsdaily.com. 

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