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New Release: The Technical Writer's Checklist

ITrain has just released The Technical Writer's Checklist, the guide  for accurate writing.

Using this complete checklist of 73 detailed procedures and over 323 examples and suggestions, you'll see immediate improvement in your technical writing.

Step-by-step, you'll learn how to create paragraph unity, cohesion, and logical bridges; ensure proper word choice; and the perennial favorite: passive versus active voice. Learn to add punch to your writing and make your students want to learn more. Do you know how to best write for your audience's reading level? You will after following the steps in this guide.

The Technical Writer's Checklist walks you through the steps you must take to become a great technical writer, a skill required of all trainers.

And there are no boring, time-consuming grammar exercises!

Each book is printed in color and bound so that it will easily lay flat as you work through the detailed checklist with over over 323 examples and suggestions.


The Technical Writer's Checklist, Volume 1

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  1. Plan your writing
  2. Write only what should be read
  3. Get your facts straight
  4. Write, rewrite, rewrite again
  5. Check grammar, spelling, and style
  6. Select efficient words
  7. Write concisely
  8. Write positively
  9. Place frequently misused words in context
  10. Avoid redundancy
  11. Vary your sentence structure
  12. Use active voice
  13. Understand the value of passive voice
  14. Recognize passive voice
  15. Avoid sentence fragments
  16. Beware of run-on sentences
  17. Don't overuse commas
  18. Write effective paragraphs
  19. Create unity
  20. Add coherence
  21. Build logical bridges
  22. Include an enticing topic sentence
  23. Develop each paragraph fully
  24. Be sure subjects and verbs agree
  25. Make company names singular
  26. Use plural nouns and pronouns
  27. Properly use indefinite pronouns
  28. Avoid gender-specific language
  29. Use nondiscriminatory language
  30. Use parallel words or phrases in lists and series
  31. Use bullets correctly
  32. Capitalize correctly
  33. Write numbers correctly
  34. Write with confidence
  35. Use a courteous and sincere tone
  36. Avoid inappropriate abbreviations
  37. Use your dictionary
  38. Proofread carefully


The Technical Writer's Checklist, Volume 2

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  1. Use articles accurately
  2. Countable nouns
  3. Quantify countable nouns
  4. Non-countable nouns
  5. Non-countable expressions
  6. Non-countable noun predecessors
  7. Combine articles and conjunctions
  8. Beware of split infinitives
  9. Know when to end a sentence witha preposition
  10. Don't begin a sentence with a conjunction
  11. Use "between" for only two, "among" for more
  12. I'm hopeful that you'll understand hopefully
  13. Use over and more than
  14. Avoid forwards and towards
  15. Know who the people are
  16. Since that's the way it is
  17. Momentarily is more than just a moment
  18. Scan vs. skim
  19. "Off of" is awful
  20. Gotten vs. got
  21. Bad vs. badly
  22. Preventitive vs. preventative
  23. People are healthy; vegetables are healthful
  24. Regardless of AOL, you have mail
  25. Regardless; it's not irregardless
  26. Possessive acronyms
  27. Singular and plural possessives
  28. For example that is
  29. Binding landscape pages
  30. One or two spaces
  31. Curtailing an indirect question
  32. Omitting words in a quotation
  33. Omitting sentences within a quotation
  34. End a sentence with a single period
  35. Punctuate quotation marks


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