“ Good writing doesn’t happen overnight; it requires planning, drafting, rereading, revising, and editing.”
“ Reading makes a full man; conference, a ready man; writing an exact man.”
“ Communication is not the transfer of words, it is the transfer of meaning. “
“If a reader fails to clearly understand a poem, a short story, a play, or a novel,
that is unfortunate;
however, equipment is not damaged, no one is physically hurt, and no one is sued.”
“People read literature for pleasure, essays for enlightenment, and journalism for news.
People read technical writing to accomplish a job.”
“Technical writing is written to a
different audience for a different
purpose than essays.
The reader of technical writing does
not have time, nor necessarily the
interest in the subject matter.”
“Successful technical writing should help the reader understand the text, not present challenges to understanding.”
“Who is writing to whom?
What does the audience know,
need to know, and want to know?
When your audience fails to understand the text, you have failed to communicate!”
“ The words and graphics of technical writing are meant to be practical: that is, to communicate a body of factual information that will help an audience understand a subject or carry out a task.”