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rusk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 17, 2010 at 12:08 AM via web

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What is the difference between general writing and technical writing?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 17, 2010 at 3:20 AM (Answer #1)

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There are actually a couple of answers to this question.

One form of "technical writing," is writing that concerns technical subjects and technical fields (professions) but is written for an audience who may not be educated in those fields.  It is writing in any field of technology (from TVs, to computers, to aerospace engineering) for any audience.

Another way of explaining technical writing as compared to general writing however, could simply be writing at a level that is more "professional" in tone and style.  While general writing and technical writing both adhere to the same rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, technical writing tends to be more dry, less conversational (if at all), and as factual as possible.  There isn't room for opinion in technical writing.  Professional communication is not narrative writing, which includes more than just stories - but articles, editorials, letters, etc.  These have a place in the professional world (like journalism), but do not fit the "technical writing" category.

Technical writing is more like reporting facts, details, statistics, etc, without room for emotion.  It is often very formulaic (which ends up being very easy when mastered) and somewhat boring compared to more expressive writing.

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Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM (Answer #2)

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Essay Writing is a form of communication that utilizes language to deliver an intended message to particular readers within a context.General writing, such as writing your thoughts and opinions about a social issue, is totally different from another style of writing called as technical writing.Technical writers generally aim to inform their readers to do some action upon reading the technical document.

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gertrudesmith | eNoter

Posted April 21, 2012 at 5:51 AM (Answer #3)

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General writing, such as writing your thoughts and opinions about a social issue, is totally different from another style of writing called as technical writing.While general writing, the writer must place himself in the shoes of a reader to see the effect of his own writing. Writing a weak piece of prose is not that serious when compared to a piece full of errors. This is when the readers get confused and distracted. People respect high quality writing and tend to take the writer seriously when the piece is error free and the message comes out clearly. <a href="http://esssayscouncil.com">Custom essay writing </a> help provided to general writing and techanical writing                       

                   Technical writing is a form of writing that is more seen than any other type of writing with people not even realizing the fact.A good part of technical writing is not meant for general public. This includes business writing to communicate with management, employees and other businesses and is full of jargons related to the world of business.Whether intended for general audience or for specific readers, technical writing should be clear and concise. It should be helpful for the readers it is intended for. Although technical writing is certainly different from writing a story or a poem, any technical writing must have content presented in as such a manner that it has the ability to engage the reader. It should have material arranged in a manner that the reader gets the information that he is seeking and also understands the subject matter easily.

 
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Posted April 21, 2012 at 6:03 AM (Answer #4)

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General writing, such as writing your thoughts and opinions about a social issue, is totally different from another style of writing called as technical writing.While general writing, the writer must place himself in the shoes of a reader to see the effect of his own writing. Writing a weak piece of prose is not that serious when compared to a piece full of errors. This is when the readers get confused and distracted. People respect high quality writing and tend to take the writer seriously when the piece is error free and the message comes out clearly.<a href="http://esssayscouncil.com">Custom essay writing</a> help provided to general writing and techanical writing                       

                   Technical writing is a form of writing that is more seen than any other type of writing with people not even realizing the fact.A good part of technical writing is not meant for general public. This includes business writing to communicate with management, employees and other businesses and is full of jargons related to the world of business.Whether intended for general audience or for specific readers, technical writing should be clear and concise. It should be helpful for the readers it is intended for. Although technical writing is certainly different from writing a story or a poem, any technical writing must have content presented in as such a manner that it has the ability to engage the reader. It should have material arranged in a manner that the reader gets the information that he is seeking and also understands the subject matter easily.

 
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paulajamison | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:09 AM (Answer #5)

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“Technical writing conveys specific information about a technical subject to a specific audience for a specific purpose… The words and graphics of technical writing are meant to be practical: that is, to communicate a body of factual information that will help an audience understand a subject or carry out a task.” A majority of technical writing involves revising, editing, and improving existing documents, not creating new documents.

Characteristics of Technical Writing:

• Clarity – easily understood by intended audience

• Accuracy – factual, correct, free from bias

• Comprehensiveness – all necessary information included

• Accessibility – headings, indexes, table of contents

• Conciseness – clear without excess verbiage

• Correctness – grammatical and follows conventions

While general writing, the writer must place himself in the shoes of a reader to see the effect of his own writing. Writing a weak piece of prose is not that serious when compared to a piece full of errors. This is when the readers get confused and distracted. People respect high quality writing and tend to take the writer seriously when the piece is error free and the message comes out clearly. Custom essay writing provided best tips for essay writing.

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