User Manual Example for Advanced Technical Writing

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Instructor: Laura Foist

Laura has a Masters of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and has taught college Science.

We will look at an example of a technical user manual. This user manual is written for the use of a magic wand. It only includes the body, not front and back matter.

Overview of User Manuals

User manuals are an important part of technical writing. In this lesson, we'll look at an example of a user manual for a magic wand. This user manual will only include the main body, but your user manual should also include front and back matter as appropriate. It needs to be set up like an actual user manual, ready to be printed and distributed.

Writing Sample

The Mythos Dranicorn Wands are unique because they are made using a copyrighted mixture of dragon and unicorn magic. This mixture allows for a much easier process when using wands, so that all spells may be accomplished using a single motion. The spell caster simply needs to perfect one movement, instead of multiple movements, to cast any spell.

Read all instructions and warnings before attempting to use Mythos Dranicorn Wand.

This wand has been designed to respond to the upright figure 8 pattern. Other designs include a triple spiral pattern, a sideways figure 8, and a wave (or M) pattern.


Wand diagram


Operating Steps

  1. Ensure that you know how to properly pronounce the spell being cast.
  2. Hold the magic wand firmly at its base, in your dominant hand.
  3. Start with the tip of the magic wand pointing towards the spell destination.
    Step 3:
    Wand pointing
  4. While speaking the spell, move the magic wand in a figure 8 pattern, continually pointing the tip of the magic wand towards the spell destination.
    Step 4:
    Want figure 8
  5. Upon completion of the figure 8 pattern, jab the magic wand forward, with the tip facing towards the spell destination.
  6. Keep the magic wand pointed towards the spell destination until the spell finishes.

Troubleshooting

  • The figure 8 pattern is most effective if you draw the top circle clock-wise and the bottom circle counter-clockwise.
  • Ensure that the magic wand tip is continually pointing towards the spell destination, or the spell will not be as strong.
  • If an undesired spell is cast, ensure that you are properly pronouncing the spell.
  • If the spell is cast on the wrong person or object, ensure that the tip of the magic wand is continually pointing towards the desired destination.

Warnings

  • Do NOT ever point the magic wand tip towards yourself. Spells are not effective against yourself and attempting to cast a spell on yourself could prove disastrous.
  • Mispronouncing spells could have undesired effects.
  • Do not draw any other pattern other than a figure 8, because it could cause the spell to backfire on the caster. Other motions are for other wand designs, this wand design only responds properly to the figure 8 motion.
  • Do not point the wand tip in multiple directions, it could split the spell, causing undesired effects.
  • Do not use an overly soiled wand, because it could cause the spell to be misdirected.
  • Do not use a broken or split wand, because it could cause the spell to be misdirected.

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