DRY in Non-Fiction and Technical Writing

by Dwayne Phillips

A basic principle in writing non-fiction is Don’t Repeat Yourself. Write it once and point to it.

DRY means “Don’t Repeat Yourself.” This is simple, but not often used, and that causes us lots of headaches and heartaches.

I have a background in computer programming. A fundamental part of computer programming is the use of a subroutine (we have created dozens of names for the subroutine, but they all refer to the same thing). A subroutine is a small(er) set of instructions to the computer…