British vs. American English – Tip #1

OUR vs. OR The differences between British and American English can be minor when speaking, but cause major confusion when writing. Our first tip explores spelling differences using the letter “U”. The British insert it, while Americans discard it. If you learned English outside of the United States, you probably learned the British version. Pay attention […]

Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initials

Few Technical Writing errors are as annoying to readers as abbreviations, acronyms, and initials that are either not defined or send them hunting for an explanation. This common mistake is compounded when using your report as the basis for an oral presentation. What are obvious short cuts to you may make your readers and/or audience resentful […]

Literature Searches and Reviews

TECHNICAL WRITING TIPS LITERATURE SEARCH: Your literature search for a technical report should begin before you write the paper. Choose a general topic followed by more narrow, specific issues within that topic. As you research articles, books, and website, narrow the general and refine the specific topics. Take notes so that you can cite your […]

British vs. American English – Tip #1

OUR vs. OR The differences between British and American English can be minor when speaking, but cause major confusion when writing. Our first tip explores spelling differences using the letter “U”. The British insert it, while Americans discard it. If you learned English outside of the United States, you probably learned the British version. Pay attention […]

Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initials

Few Technical Writing errors are as annoying to readers as abbreviations, acronyms, and initials that are either not defined or send them hunting for an explanation. This common mistake is compounded when using your report as the basis for an oral presentation. What are obvious short cuts to you may make your readers and/or audience resentful […]

8 Common Mistakes in Technical Writing

Want to improve your writing skills and keep on improving? Avoid these 8 mistakes by using my strategies for giving readers what they need and expect. Remember, technical writing is not about self expression. It’s all about clarity for the reader. As a famous writer once said …        “Easy reading is damn hard […]

Literature Searches and Reviews

TECHNICAL WRITING TIPS LITERATURE SEARCH: Your literature search for a technical report should begin before you write the paper. Choose a general topic followed by more narrow, specific issues within that topic. As you research articles, books, and website, narrow the general and refine the specific topics. Take notes so that you can cite your […]

8 Common Mistakes in Technical Writing

Want to improve your writing skills and keep on improving? Avoid these 8 mistakes by using my strategies for giving readers what they need and expect. Remember, technical writing is not about self expression. It’s all about clarity for the reader. As a famous writer once said …        “Easy reading is damn hard […]

10-Step Plan for Writing a Successful Paper

There are two key items that are essential for a successful paper. The first is having a step-by-step timeline that maps out the process. The second is choosing a topic that interests you enough to do the research and writing required. This 10-Step plan combines both elements. STEP #1: RESEARCH POSSIBLE TOPICS – Read a […]

10-Step Plan for Writing a Successful Report

There are two key items that are essential for a successful report. The first is having a step-by-step timeline that maps out the process. The second is choosing a topic that interests you enough to do the research and writing required. Our 10-Step plan combines both elements using a famous writer’s philosophy …     “The time to […]