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:
- State your purpose. Avoid creative introductions, and make your point early on.
- 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?
- 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.
- Incorporate visual aids. Visuals give readers a break from the heavy content.
— Adapted from “What Is Technical Writing?” Chad Brooks, www.businessnewsdaily.com.