Effective Rhetoric, Effective Writing: Parallelism in Technical Communication

When two or more concepts are logically equal, the same grammatical structure can be repeated to improve writing style and readability, for example, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

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Principle Seven: Communicate Visually

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The primary task of technical writers is to write. However, technical communication encompasses many fields of expertise. One field that technical writers should be familiar with is visual design, also referred to as visual communication design.

Principle Six: Organize Information Logically

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Unstructured text typically consists of one paragraph after another, maybe with a randomly formulated title here and there. Information presented in this way is monotonous and visually unappealing.

Principle Five: Negate with Purpose

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Writers in marketing communications know that it pays to adopt a positive tone of voice. Unlike marketing content writers, software developers are often better at criticizing their work than extolling the virtues of their products.


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