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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Owner’s Manual

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:

Owner’s Manual


(also Instruction manual, User’s guide)  – an instructional book or booklet that is supplied with consumer products such as vehicles, home appliances, firearms, toys and computer peripherals  

Tipsa to z

  1. Understand and Know Your Audience.
  2. Know Your Objective.
  3. Be Brief and Detailed.
  4. Include a Table of Contents.
  5. Be Conversational.
  6. Avoid a text-book look.
  7. Make purposeful and effective use of color and lots of white space.
  8. Make effective use of pictures and diagrams.
  9. Use a clean, readable san-serif font.
  10. Include a help-line number.

Popular Books

  1. car manuals
  2. software manuals
  3. computer hardware manuals
  4. sex manuals
  5. company start-up manuals
  6. business practices (any type)
  7. pet manuals
  8. parenting manuals

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More O Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Winter 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

35 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Owner’s Manual

    • You’re that rare writer in this genre! I write curricula but not ‘owners manuals’ although I do feel as though there are times they overlap.


  1. I’m probably in the minority here, but I’ve actually read some of the owner’s manuals I have. It has kept me from doing something I shouldn’t have to whatever it is I’m reading about, a few times. I’m just one of those people who likes to know what they are dealing with before I jump in.

    I’m taking the long way around with A to Z this year, too. I don’t have the time to post every day so I’m planning on posting every couple of weeks. It will take me a while, but it will still be fun.

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    • You and me, Lori–same approach! I started last year and am still working through the list. I’ll come visit you and see how it’s goin’.

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    • And I do update the countdowns! Right now, they’re all about accurate. Though Against All Odds is struggling a bit with my distraction.


    • Well, they are rather out of vogue now but when I was younger, everything came with one and I read them voraciously. Now, it better be intuitive!

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    • Yes, I’d say they are. I write textbooks to teach technology to K-12. It’s amazing how perspective has to be part of every sentence. It took me a while to learn that.

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      • My Barbarians are doing pretty well. Bit of an adjustment to make with online schooling – but they are getting there. As we’re going into our cold months they are liking the extra lie in that not getting ready for school allows (and the extra pyjama time!).

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