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Chapter 3. Writing Style > Writing for the Reader

Writing for the Reader

As a writer, you research, organize, and communicate information for the reader, who depends on you. In your relationship with the reader, you are the expert. Keep this point in mind when you make decisions about what information to present and how that information addresses the reader’s questions.

Make Decisions for the Reader

Often a product provides several different ways to accomplish a single task. You might decide that you owe the reader an explanation of each method. However, remember that the reader is more interested in using the product than in understanding all options. Choose the best method for most of your audience, and tell the reader to use that method.


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