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Technical Writing in the Corporate World Understanding, Developing, and Editing Technical Documents by Ph.D. Norbert Elliot, Ph.D. Herman A. Estrin

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Authors’ Comments: Your Attitudes Toward Writing

1. Writing is difficult. If you find writing difficult, then you are in good company. Some of the best technical writers find writing to be a demanding, exacting task. These writers, however, are not paralyzed when they must document a technical procedure for other specialists or translate specialized information to an audience of non-specialists. There is, then, a distinction to be drawn: while you may find writing difficult, your apprehension should not be so great that you are unable to convey your ideas.

2. Remembering the rules of grammar will not make you an effective writer. In 1986, a study funded by the National Institute of Education examined over 2,000 publications dealing with research ...

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