A Course in

Analytical Writing for Science and Technology

Copyright © 1996 by T. M. Georges. All rights reserved.

CONTENTS

PART I: What's the matter with scientific and technical writing today, and what can you do about it?

  • Lesson 1. How much does foggy writing really cost?
  • Lesson 2. Why bother to write clearly?
  • Lesson 3. How to overcome writing handicaps
  • Lesson 4. How to kick bad writing habits -- painlessly

PART II: What to say

  • Lesson 5. How to use a "marketing" or "top-down" approach to your writing
  • Lesson 6. How to organize your paper or report
  • Lesson 7. How to handle all those details
  • Lesson 8. Checklists for specific writing tasks

PART III: How to say it

  • Lesson 9. Write to analyze, not to catalog
  • Lesson 10. Use the simplest word that will do the job
  • Lesson 11. Pin things down with concrete nouns
  • Lesson 12. Put active verbs to work for you
  • Lesson 13. The dependent clause -- a natural way to write analytically
  • Lesson 14. Step 1 to more informative paragraphs -- orient your reader
  • Lesson 15. Step 2 to more informative paragraphs -- tie your ideas together
  • Lesson 16. Step 3 to more informative paragraphs -- take it easy through technically dense passages
  • Lesson 17. Step 4 to more informative paragraphs -- arrange your ideas in a logical sequence
  • Lesson 18. Should you use a personal style in scientific and technical writing?
  • Lesson 19. Enhance your message with illustrations and tables
  • Lesson 20. Some practical ways to get started

PART IV: How to tell when you're done

  • Lesson 21. How to edit -- and feel OK about throwing most of it away
  • Lesson 22. How to use feedback to simplify approvals -- and cut back on rewrites

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