Rhetoric

Once upon a Time in Technical Writing

Stories are the commonest way the ethics, histories, information, insights, and knowledge have passed on to the younger generations. Through its multiple forms, storytelling focuses on building touch points to get messages across: Something that we too do as technical writers. I try to find the threads that storytelling shares with technical writing. And, here’s what I find as I try to delve.

Connect Those Pesky Dots

“For god sake, once, just once, connect those pesky dots. Can’t you see that I can’t understand anything? Even a word?” That’s what I often say when I look at bad write-ups. I just can’t connect those pesky dots to see what the story is. But, am I the only one who rubbishes write-ups that often? Don’t you too? I think a write-up is bad because it doesn’t tell me

The Inverted Tree of Information

I will start this post where I ended the previous one: the inverted tree structure of information categorization. As promised, I will talk about my interpretations on some of the verses in the Bhagwad Gita, which is a great source of inspiration for me on both, personal as well as professional grounds. Click here to read the full post.

Key to Quality Documentation

In this post, I’ve combined my understanding of the topics of rhetoric and minimalism to create two basic, understandable parts of the purpose of documentation: mean what you say and say what you mean. I’ve also talked about how the use of these two parts can improve the effectiveness in documentation. Note: This stub contains links for the articles, which are placed under different tabs. Access the article either directly

Rhetoric Series: Part 2

This is the second post in the series of rhetoric. In the first post, I talked about the logos, ethos, and pathos. In this post, I have designed a new methodology, and connected to the five canons of rhetoric. Note: This stub contains links for the articles, which are placed under different tabs. Access the article either directly from the related tab or through the link in the stub. The

Rhetoric Series: Part 1

This is the first part of the series of posts. The second part is appropriately linked in the comments section of the post. Rhetoric, as a study, is increasingly becoming relevant in the technical communication industry. Writers, editors are now feeling the need to incorporate a rhetorical approach to improving the effectiveness of their work… and hope that it improves the readability (readership?). Note: This stub contains the link to the article,

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