Learn how business or technical writing differs from other types of writing. In this video, Judy explains how technical writing is structured, straightforward, clear, and concise. There is no place for creativity and it should not include unsupported opinions or editorializing. In addition, learn more about how to address and adapt to readers’ needs when crafting a technical report.
- [Instructor] All types of writing have certain aspects…in common regardless of the expected use.…So isn't technical writing just like…all other types of writing?…First, let me take the easy way out and say yes,…they all include words, have a purpose and a reader.…But next we need to differentiate between business writing…and creative writing.…Creative writers use a more informal approach,…show their personality with their voice,…may keep the reader guessing, build suspense,…provide enjoyment, have beautiful imagery,…examples include poems and fiction, a best-selling novel…or biography.…
Even that emotional, tear-producing greeting card.…Creative writers have a literary license,…meaning they can break the rules.…And many of these creative genres of writing…produce an income.…Now let's look at business writing in general.…The main purpose is to give information internally…to subordinates or supervisors, or externally to clients.…The reader shouldn't be left guessing.…All reader questions should be anticipated and answered.…
- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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2. Analyze Audience Characteristics
Evaluate audience needs3m 41s
3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
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