Techwriting style, speech patterns, etc.

Subject: Techwriting style, speech patterns, etc.
From: Alan Weiss <specwriter2003 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 14:01:24 -0700 (PDT)


Something to ponder.
I've often heard creative writers say "you should
write like you speak." I've slowly com to realize that
my technical writing style is very minimalistic; to
the point, summarized, organized. My speech patterns
are the same way - a man of few words. When I write my
thoughts out for the sake of gaining clarity
(journaling), I also write short, summarized
The point: My minimalist style makes it very easy for
me to conceptualize, outline, and write drafts, but
difficult to do copy-editing or filling in details. I
wonder how many of you feel that your skills are
slanted more toward either the broad / detailed level,
and how you compensate.


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