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Technical Writing for Environmental Engineers by Emily Coolidge Toker, Joan Giblin

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CHAPTER 3

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Focus: Understanding how the reader influences the way information is presented.

All authors write to communicate ideas and information, yet not all writing is the same. Writers create short stories, works of fiction, argumentative essays, dissertations, persuasive copy, technical documents, letters, e-mails, and many other types of writing both formal and informal. Each conveys a message crafted and delivered by the writer. However, each method of writing, such as creative writing, academic writing, and personal writing, exists with expected conventions, tones, and styles. For example, technical documents do not contain scripts or informal language. Likewise, a play does not contain section headings. One main ...

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