RE: best current books for teaching tech writing?

Subject: RE: best current books for teaching tech writing?
From: "Connie Giordano" <connie -at- therightwords -dot- com>
To: "'Laura Lemay'" <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:18:31 -0500

Hi Laura,

In addition to the great suggestions you've gotten so far, I'd add Lee
LeFever's "The Art of Explanation" which is a fairly quick read, and
provides some good conceptual information and some useful thinking for
beyond the traditional user manual approach.

Connie Giordano (non-List Moderator incarnation)

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Subject: best current books for teaching tech writing?


I had a developer co-worker timidly ask me this morning about books for
learning technical writing, because he wants to do more of it.

Although my first reaction was "wow, books, how 1990s," I do want to
encourage my eager developer. I am, however, a good 25 years out of
technical writing school, and I don't have a clue what the kids are doing
these days.

Do any of you have recommendations for good, practical books on tech
writing? This guy doesn't necessarily need a rundown on current tools
and/or structure, but is probably looking for general best practices for
understanding your audience, organizing your thoughts, be
correct/concise/clear, etc.

Thanks!
Laura




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