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The Flesch Reading Ease score rates text on a 100-point scale; higher score, easier it is to understand 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 understand 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 least first draft) with a pencil and legal pad. An advantage of 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 into shower with me yet!)
And thereís one other method Iíve referred to that I personally like in certain situations: 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:firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2001 Robert Brents and Blue Gecko Press.