How I Wrote My First How-To Manual While Working for Somebody Else

Written by Robert Brents


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Nowadays, voice recognition software (like Dragon Naturally Speaking, for example) is getting good enough that you could dictaterepparttar whole manual, either directly to your computer, or into a digital recorder that could then be plugged into your computer to allow you to downloadrepparttar 117750 digital files intorepparttar 117751 computer to be interpreted byrepparttar 117752 voice recognition software.

Best Regards, Robert Brents, "The 80/20 Guy" http://www.RobertBrents.com For your free four-lesson e-seminar, How To Write, Publish, Market & Promote Profitable How-To Manuals, email mailto:freehowtoeseminar@sendfree.com Copyright 2001 Robert Brents and Blue Gecko Press.


Keeping Your Writing Simple

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The Flesch Reading Ease score rates text on a 100-point scale;repparttar higherrepparttar 117749 score,repparttar 117750 easier it is to understandrepparttar 117751 document. For our how-to manual, aim for a score of approximately 60 to 70.

The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score rates text on a U.S. grade-school level. For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understandrepparttar 117752 document. For most standard documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0.

Iíve mentioned word processing programs several times in reference to writing your how-to manual. You are certainly not required to use a computer or a word processing program to write your how-to manual.

I know of several writers who prefer to write (at leastrepparttar 117753 first draft) with a pencil and legal pad. An advantage ofrepparttar 117754 handwritten draft method is that you can carry it with you conveniently practically wherever you go. And itís available and ready to be used quickly, without having to wait for a laptop computer to boot up. I always carry a notepad (or my handheld palm-style computer) to jot down ideas whenever they occur to me. (I just havenít figured out how to take it intorepparttar 117755 shower with me yet!)

And thereís one other method Iíve referred to that I personally like in certain situations:repparttar 117756 audiocassette recorder.

Best Regards, Robert Brents, "The 80/20 Guy" http://www.RobertBrents.com For your free four-lesson e-seminar, How To Write, Publish, Market & Promote Profitable How-To Manuals, email mailto:freehowtoeseminar@sendfree.com Copyright 2001 Robert Brents and Blue Gecko Press.


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