Re: Writing clearly

Subject: Re: Writing clearly
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 23:28:02 -0700

Hints for your guide:

1. Use controlled vocabulary. Avoid using the same word differently.

2. Write to a Grade 8 reading level. Short sentences, bullet points,
and serial commas aid information processing.

3. Demonstrate the difference between Concept, Reference, and Task
topic. Explain what goes where, and when.

4. Avoid semicolons, or use them properly.

5. Know the difference between verbs in participle form and gerunds nouns.

6. Start task sentences with a verb.

7. Use one verb instead of two: Decide—Don't make a decision.

8. Know the difference between em dashes—which suggest interruption,
and en dashes that denote a range between numbers like 20 – 40.

9. "Leave my like alone": Listen to the song on

and finally, (but not completely),

10. Always refer to a product by its proper name. That is, don't refer
to the 'Windoze' operating system unless you wish to be subjected to
ridicule (especially on this list—although may
have been a one-off occurrence.)



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