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 … Continue reading 8 Common Mistakes in Technical Writing

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 … Continue reading 10-Step Plan for Writing a Successful Report

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 […]

A 10-STEP STRATEGY 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 minimum … Continue reading A 10-STEP STRATEGY for WRITING A SUCCESSFUL PAPER

British vs. American English: Our vs. Or

The differences between British and American English can be minor when speaking, but cause major confusion when writing. This week’s blog 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 to these words when […]

Literature Searches and Reviews

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 sources later without having to […]

Unnecessary Words

Resist the temptation to add extra words for emphasis when you’ve already made your point. Here’s a list of frequently used phrased with the unnecessary words in parentheses. Never (before) (unusually) unique None (at all) Final (and last) (completely) finished Separate (individuals) (still) ongoing Period (of time) Write (out) (brand) new More (and more) (sole) […]

8 COMMON MISTAKES IN TECHNICAL WRITING

Avoid common mistakes and your writing will improve and keep on improving. Remember, technical writing is all about clarity for the reader.  Mistake #1: Not having a point • Decide on a Title before writing. • If you tweak the title after writing the paper, review and edit the paper to make sure you’ve made […]