The Handbook of Technical Writing Review


TheHandbook of Technical Writing Review

Thebook addresses word choice by illustrating its use in connotations,dialectal English, and as a way to achieve ethics and clarity inwriting (Alred 590). Presentation of the ideas in the handbook iscoordinated to ensure that different ideas interlink. Throughcoordination, sentences of equal type and importance are linked thusputting energy into the writing. Parallelism is addressed throughillustration and advice on how to avoid faulty parallelism and toensure that sentences are easier to process (Alred 299).

Thehandbook also illustrates the use of ellipses to denote omissions ordeletions (Alred 393). The use of metadiscourse, cohesion and unityis missing. However, it is used all over the book in the expressionof various writing illustrations.&nbspBeing a technical book, thewriter is justified to exclude his thoughts in order to maintainprofessionalism. The book defined emphasis and illustrates it throughthe parallel structure, use of visuals, quotation marks, word choicesuch as “really”, repetition, sentence variety and their furtheruse in writing resumes. Emphasis has been defined as a tip toconsider the audience and an important revision checklist for awriter (Alred 416).

Genreis addressed by the use of purposive writing to express the ideas onthe handbook (Alred 63). Discourse is illustrated in the explanationof expository writing. Various forms of discourse such asdescription, exposition and persuasion have also been explained indetails (Alred 185). The book also addresses the importance ofcreating a sense of community using&nbspvarious illustrations on howto write among others, an organization description, blogs and forums(Alred 241). The importance of Purpose is illustrated inbrainstorming whereby ideas should be grouped in the order of thewriter’s purpose. The handbook stresses the need to be audienceoriented in writing (Alred 263).


Alred,Gerald J., and Charles T. Brusaw.&nbspHandbookof Technical Writing.10th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2006. Print.