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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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But Can You Write?

Many people—or their bosses—think that anyone can write. They all learned in grade school, they say. Those people also sometimes believe that if someone knows a lot about a particular technical topic, that person should be able to produce excellent technical documentation. After all, knowledge is the most important thing, right?

Well, not necessarily. You do need to be a good writer, and not everyone has developed that skill. This means writing clear prose without extraneous words. And while it’s true you don’t need to be able to write a Shakespearean sonnet to be a good technical writer, you do need to be familiar and comfortable with the fundamentals of writing, especially with the best practices of technical writing discussed ...

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