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STEP 1. Analyze Purpose and Audience

STEP 1. Analyze Purpose and Audience

To start planning your document, answer six questions in order as you analyze purpose and audience. Treat each question as a necessary technique. One question is about you, the writer: What result do you want? Five questions are about your audience. If you can't answer the following six analytical questions, you can't write a successful document:

1.1 What result do you want from the document?

1.2 Who is the audience?

1.3 What does the audience do with the information?

1.4 What information does the audience need?

1.5 Does the audience know little or much about the information?

1.6 Does the audience need proof?


  

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