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  1. 1. The writing process consists of five steps: • planning • drafting • revising • editing • proofreading Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 1
  2. 2. Planning involves seven steps:• analyzing your audience• analyzing your purpose• generating ideas about your subject• researching additional information• organizing and outlining your document• selecting an application, a design, and a delivery method• devising a schedule and a budget Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 2
  3. 3. When you draft, follow these six suggestions:• Get comfortable.• Start with the easiest topics.• Draft quickly.• Don’t stop to get more information or to revise.• Try invisible writing.• Stop in the middle of a section. Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 3
  4. 4. Commercial templates can lead to three problems:• They do not always reflect the best design principles.• They bore readers.• They cannot help you answer the important questions about your document. Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 4
  5. 5. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a commercial template. Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 5
  6. 6. Revising entails reconsidering three items:• your audience• your purpose• your subject Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 6
  7. 7. There are two ways to study your draft:• studying the draft by yourself• seeking help from others Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 7
  8. 8. When revising documents, ask for help from two kinds of people:• subject-matter experts• current and prospective users of the document Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 8
  9. 9. What is editing?Editing is the process of checking the draft toimprove its grammar, punctuation, style, usage,diction (word choice), and mechanics (such asuse of numbers and abbreviations). Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 9
  10. 10. What is proofreading?Proofreading is the process of checking tomake sure you have typed what you meant totype. Chapter 3. Writing Technical Documents © 2012 by Bedford/St. Martins 10

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