Five Basic Principles of Good Technical Writing

1. Always have in mind a specific reader, real or imaginary, when writing a report; and always
assume that this reader is intelligent, but uninformed.
2. Before you start to write, always decide what the exact purpose of your report is, and make sure that every paragraph, every sentence, every word, makes a clear contribution to that purpose, and makes it at the right time.
3. Use language that is simple, concrete, and familiar.
4. At the beginning and end of every section of your report check your writing according to this principles: “First you tell your readers what you are going to tell them, and then you tell them what have told them.”
5. Make your report attractive to look at.

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