Understand the audience for content you are editing

Editing should maximize the likelihood the purpose of the content creator’s message is achieved. If the content is supposed to inform, then the audience must be able to comprehend it. If the content is intended to direct, then the audience must comprehend it and also be willing and able to use it. This means editors…

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Understand the purpose of the content you are editing

Tomorrow, my technical editing students at the University of North Texas begin discussing editorial decision-making. The rhetorical context within which content is created is critical to good editorial decisions. Although the video below was created for professionals who write, I’m using it to teach editors how to think about purpose in nonfiction content. The video…

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How to Become a Technical Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

Technical writing is a highly valuable skill. It is crucial for anyone working in a tech-related business, for engineers and scientists communicating their knowledge, and for people looking for rewarding, full-time work as writers.

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How to Become a Technical Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

Technical writing is a highly valuable skill. It is crucial for anyone working in a tech-related business, for engineers and scientists communicating their knowledge, and for people looking for rewarding, full-time work as writers.

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How to Unintentionally Diminish Others

The other day I met my friend Barb for lunch. She arrived at the restaurant first, and the server asked, “Just one?” Barb often eats out alone, and she frowns when she hears that question. This time she replied, “Here…

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How to Write a Business Email in English

 

A good business email is more than just using the correct grammar and vocabulary (though those are vitally important!). You also need to learn the right content and sequencing. Here’s an overview of the content and sequencing you need to use in order to write a strong business email in English.

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How to Write a Business Email in English

 

A good business email is more than just using the correct grammar and vocabulary (though those are vitally important!). You also need to learn the right content and sequencing. Here’s an overview of the content and sequencing you need to use in order to write a strong business email in English.

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Is Business Writing the Same as Technical Writing?

No matter your job, you need to be able to write. Whether it’s quarterly financial reports or daily safety records, writing is a common and crucial skill. Yet, the writing style of one field can be different and potentially inappropriate for another.

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Is Business Writing the Same as Technical Writing?

No matter your job, you need to be able to write. Whether it’s quarterly financial reports or daily safety records, writing is a common and crucial skill. Yet, the writing style of one field can be different and potentially inappropriate for another.

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How to Keep Your Readers’ Attention

Someone who was starting a new business asked me to review a marketing piece he had written. It was approximately 350 words long, yet not one of those words was you. Although it kept the writer’s attention–after all, it was…

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