Book Review: Handbook of Technical Writing, 10th Edition
The “Handbook of Technical Writing, Tenth Edition” was compiled by Gerald J. Alred, Walter E. Oliu, and Charles T. Brusaw and released late 2011. This edition of what has become a long-time favorite has been thoroughly revised to include information on writing for the web, wikis and more. What’s perhap even more impressive about this 656-page book is that it follows its own rules and keeps users informed without using complicated words or complex definitions. Much like technical writing should be.
The book is separated into several sections:
- Five Steps to Successful Writing
- Checklist of the Writing Process
- Alphabetical Entries (of technical writing topics)
- Commonly Misused Words and Phrases
Inside the front and back covers, respectively, are Contents by Topic and Model Documents and Figures by Topic.
This book contains the essentials to effective technical writing, without being difficult to read or use while in the middle of writing. A reader can easily turn to the page they need by reviewing the index or the Content guides, helping them find what they need in order to apply the lesson immediately.
What’s fascinating about this book is that it could also be used by readers who are merely looking to improve their writing. With grammar sections, the reader learns how to convey ideas effectively – and accurately.
With this book, technical writers and students alike can find out where they can improve their writing skills as well as the user experience.
The tenth edition of this venerable reference resource for technical writers is available on Amazon and through other booksellers. If it’s not already part of your reference library, it should be.