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1 TMR4240 Spring 2008 TMR4240 Marine Control Systems Department of Marine Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Some tips about Technical Writing Some tips about Technical Writing
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2 TMR4240 Spring 2008 Writing in your career
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3 TMR4240 Spring 2008 Writing in the industry to date “In today’s workplace, writing is a ‘threshold skill’ for hiring and promotion among salaried (i.e., professional) employees.” Report of the (US) National Commission on Writting, Sept 2004 Clear writing is an indication of clear thinking!
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4 TMR4240 Spring 2008 The bad and the good news Bad: Writing is difficult, at any level! Good: Good writing skills can be learned. Next semester, you will be required to write a project report, and the semester after, a master thesis. After that, work will come (memos, minutes, reports, proposals, letters). Will you have a course about writing at university from now until then? No—so you’d better be proactive about it .
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5 TMR4240 Spring 2008 How can you improve your writing? Read a lot, and pay attention to the writing style: is it good? Is it bad? What is it that you like or dislike? Look for information about writing—there is lots of it! (I have some references at the end of these slides.) After you write something, read it aloud and ask yourself: Is this what I really want to say? Get other people to read your writing. In some companies, no letter or email goes to a client without having at least two people look at it— quality assurance. Practise, practise, practise ; when you write emails, letters, a diary of what you did during the day, etc.
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6 TMR4240 Spring 2008 The most important issue Understanding the intention of your writing and the audience. If you miss the point (intention), your message will be lost. If under or over estimate your audience, your message will be lost. The following questions can help you to decide:
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