Ten Tips For Better Technical Writing…
Writing technical articles (or white papers) can be very effective marketing methods. They create both credibility and visibility at low cost, and can produce high results. With over 200 articles, it certainly worked at Kimmel Gerke Associates!
Getting articles published, however, takes time and effort. It may seem mysterious at first, but help is on the way — thanks to Bob Bly, an engineering colleague turned very successful copywriter. (Click here to see Bob’s “success story.”)
I just purchased his recent e-book “Marketing with Articles” and found it filled with practical nuts and bolts information on both writing and publishing technical articles. Even though I’m no novice, I consider it $29 well spent.
Here is an excerpt from this 129 page guide. Print this out and review it the next time you write anything technical — article, white paper, report, or…
TEN TIPS FOR BETTER TECHNICAL WRITING
by Robert Bly
I. Know your readers. Are you writing for engineers? managers? laymen?
2. Write in a clear. conversational style. Write to express – not impress.
3. Be concise. Avoid wordiness. Omit words that do not add to your meaning.
4. Be consistent … Especially in the use of numbers. symbols. and abbreviations.
5. Use jargon sparingly. Use technical terms only when there are no simpler words that can better communicate your thoughts.
6. Avoid big words. Do not write “utilize” when “use” will do just as well. (My personal pet peeve…)
7. Prefer the specific to the general. Technical readers are interested in solid technical information and not in generalities. Be specific.
8. Break the writing up into short sections. Short sections. paragraphs. and sentences are easier to read than long ones.
9. Use visuals. Graphs, tables, photos, and drawings can help get your message across.
10. Use the active voice. Write “John performed the experiment,” to “The experiment was performed by John.” The active voice adds vigor to writing.
As a bonus, you can start doing this NOW – even if you have not yet made your own JumpToConsulting. Done right, it poses no threat to current employers, and may even enhance your credibility with your bosses.
So read it, and then get busy with YOUR articles. Yes, you can do it!
And thank you, Bob, for sharing your wisdom, and keeping it so economical!
“Marketing with Articles”, an e-book by Bob Bly (Copywriter/Consultant), 2014, $29
Order Here: www.getfamouswritingarticles.com
Disclosure – I have NO affiliation with Bob, and receive NOTHING in return – other than the satisfaction of sharing a valuable resource.
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