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By Nancy Muir Boysen | Sunday, May 31, 2015

Write an Outline to Make Sense of Your Message

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Facing a blank page can feel overwhelming. You have so many ideas and it’s hard to figure out how to communicate them. Using an outline to organize your thoughts before you write might be just the help you need.

Audible gasp and groan. Write an outline? What is this, fourth grade? I still have nightmares about having to create outlines and, let’s just say, my nightmares about zombies rising from the grave pale in comparison.

But hear me out! An outline is just a roadmap you can follow to keep your writing on target—and you can master this useful tool in just four simple steps.

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Friday, May 22, 2015

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

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People in technical fields are often asked to write about technology—and the task can be daunting. After all, you’re not likely to have trained as a writer, learning the fine points or grammar or crafting an elegant sentence, because your focus has been to learn the ins and outs of a technical profession.

The good news is that you can make your technical writing easier for anyone to understand—whether or not your readers have a technical background—by mastering a few simple tips:

  • be concise
  • avoid jargon
  • use the active voice
  • be specific

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