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Unformatted text preview: Understanding the writing process Generating ideas Organizing ideas Forming an outline for the document Think of it this way to avoid being overwhelmed Following a step by step procedure makes writing easier Find your niche Planning Drafting Revising Editing & Proofreading Subject Matter Experts or SME can proof for technical errors People from your target audience can help you see if the document works Usability Testing Make sure your instructions are specific Usability testing is more or less having a target audience use your document while you observe where and with what they have problems. Depending upon your software, there are a variety of tools you can use to make formatting easier. Word: Outline, Templates, Styles Spell-Check: Is not fail-proof! There/their, coarse/course discreet/discrete, lose/loose Grammar-Check: Also not fail proof! The Best Advice: Proofread carefully and read your document aloud. Thesaurus Find and Replace Part of planning your document Start by reviewing your purpose Clarify your focus Review your data Use journalistic questions Brainstorming Free writing Talking Sketching: clustering or branching Create a list of possible points to cover Dont worry about whether you will end up using ideas or not Review your data, include things you missed See which items are related Put them in a list together Review your groups and delete items you dont want to cover Determine if one idea is the dominant or main idea of the group Determine what is the common theme of the group Develop a main idea that includes all of the other ideas...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course ITEC 3290 taught by Professor Dunn during the Spring '12 term at East Carolina University .

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