"What are the similarities and difference between academic writing (scholarly or traditional writing) and "business" writing (or writing at work)? Discuss some aspects that each venue shares, and also how they differ. From your readings this week, think about how you use tone, vocabulary, voice, and even identify purpose in your writing at work and academic writing. Think about the perspective you use in each and how they are similar and how they are different."
Business writing and academic writing have many traits that make the two very different forms of writing. There are more differences than similarities in the types of writing. However, they both have one major thing in common, and that is a strong point to the paper. An academic writing assignment opens with a strong thesis and the paper continues to support that idea. Business writing also needs a strong opening and supporting facts to back up the premise of the paper (Worth, 2016). Both writing styles require citing the fact sources to back up the idea behind the paper. Another strong similarity between the two is the importance of proper grammar and no spelling mistakes. Spelling and grammar mistakes both take away credibility to employees and possible vendors in the work setting.
There are many differences between the two types of writing styles. For instance, most academic writing involves taking a subject matter and researching it into an essay form. Technical writing also requires research, but instead may end up in an instructional manual for equipment or even a change to employee rules in the workplace. Technical writing normally only contains denotative words or literal meanings of a subject. Academic writing contains longer connotative or descriptive words to define a subject (Gerson, n.d.). Technical writing uses short paragraphs while academic writing uses longer sentences and paragraphs. Technical writing uses bold headings, graphics, and often different font types to draw attention to sections of the paper. The purpose of technical writing is to inform the audience in a quick manner to accomplish a job. The intended audience should quickly be able to tell what the paper is about and read the intended purpose fast.
Gerson, D. S. (n.d.). A Teacher's Guide to Technical Writing. Topeka: Kansas Curriculum Center.
Worth, M. (2016). The Nest. Retrieved from woman.thenest.com: http://woman.thenest.com/academic-business-writing...
During this week reading I learned about many different forms of writing such as Creative, Expressive, Expository, Journalism, and Technical writing. Compare to Scholarly writing, Business writing differs in many aspects. The key notes I can take from readings are Scholarly writing is meant to inform the reader in a Connotative manner, meaning they use longer sentences and paragraphs to express/explain the situations. Business writing however uses a denotative manner which is direct and straight to the point approach. In Technical writing to abbreviate the message it’s crucial sometime to use highlights, headings, various fonts, bullets, and different document design to get the message across with less words. While essays tend to not matter on document design, but some factor remains important in both Such as Grammar and development. Grammar and Development are important in both essays and business writing because both form of writing is meant for the reader to understand/grasp the reader attention. Although Grammar plays a more important role in Technical writing, where in memos and letters there is less room to hide the error since its shorter and abbreviated (Gerson). Which brings me to my next point Clarity. Clarity in technical writing is important where people can get sued when readers fails to understand the content of your writing, while in essays the reader time was the only thing effected (Gerson).
Why learning business writing is crucial is, it set the tone of a work environment where it’s fast paced and people won’t get loss in their daily messages. While essays are more connotative; more open to idea and opinions I believe.
Gerson, Steven M. Writing That Works: A Teacher’s Guide to Technical Writing. Topeka, KS: Kansas Curriculum Center, n.d. Web.