Tips to Tackle a Technical Treatise

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on May 18th, 2011 by Team Pi

Most professional content writers would agree that tackling technical topics and creating a logical and lucid piece of writing out of them is challenging. However, creating an effective piece of write-up and conveying your understanding of the topic is easy if you follow these simple tips:

  • Avoid jargons! Instead explain. This is the golden rule of technical writing and should be followed to a T. Remember that your readers are not knowledgeable on the subject, else they wouldn’t have been reading your piece!
  • Be lucid. Your readers have to wade through difficult-to-comprehend topics and don’t need you to befuddle them with complex writing where the logic has gone amiss.
  • Provide headlines. When it comes to technical write-ups, huge blocks of text seem daunting and may intimidate the readers. So break down the content into logical chunks and insert meaningful headlines that will act as sign posts to guide the readers and tell them what new topic they are approaching.
  • Provide examples. Nothing simplifies a complex topic as some tangible examples and well-founded analogies. Besides examples also provide a relevance to the software or the system you are writing on.
  • Tabulate data, wherever possible. As pundits would agree unanimously, visually representing complex data makes it easy for the readers to not only comprehend readily but also remember more vividly. So use tables wherever possible, like when explaining a series of steps or procedures.
  • Repeat, if needed. Don’t lose sight of your ultimate writing goal—it is to make the reader understand a complex technical topic. This may require repeating definitions or equations to help the readers; after all, there might not always be a glossary accompanying your writing and readers should not be made to crinkle their brows trying to remember what a word or a phrase means.

So the next time, you are called in to tackle technical content and also make others decipher sense out of it, you know how to go about it.

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