In the previous chapter, we defined technical writing as a “transactional” and primarily “problem-solving” genre and described some of the key conventions and considerations technical writers must keep in mind. In this chapter, we will look more deeply into the style of writing expected of this genre.
2.1 Reader-Centered Writing: Understand how to take a reader-centred approach (rather than a writer-centred one) that focuses on knowing your audience and writing specifically to meet their needs.
2.2 Communicating with Precision: Review and practice techniques to make your writing more precise and concise.
2.3 Writing to Persuade: Understand how to use rhetoric in a professional context, avoiding logical fallacies and inappropriate marketing language.
2.4 The Importance of Verbs: Recognize how to choose strong verbs as the “engines” that drive efficient and effective sentences; revise passages to improve concision and flow.
To start off, complete the exercise below.
|Writing for School
|Writing for Work
|Document Life Span
|Format & Design Elements
What key differences do you note between the two writing contexts? What do you think accounts for those differences?