Technical Writing Tip – Writing Style

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Written by John Lafferty
John Lafferty, Northridge Quality and Validation
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Writing Style

Tailor your writing style for your intended reader to make your document more effective and easier to understand. Always bear in mind the technical level of the reader when writing your document.
• Use formal rather than informal language; for example, use the word completed rather than done, occurred instead of happened etc.
• Remember, this does not mean that you should try to use big words or, overcomplicated or convoluted sentences. Simple, direct language is best.
• Do not overload your sentences; keep them short and to the point.
• To give greater clarity; use precise, specific word choices rather than generalisations e.g. The mean tensile strength increased by 20%; rather than, a significant improvement in strength was achieved.

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Course Title: Technical Writing Skills
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