“ 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.”

“ Never use two words when one word will do.”