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How to make your proposal stand out

There are many ways to stand out because many proposals are so bad. Just addressing the sponsors’ priorities, undertaking activities with a proven record of success, and presenting a reasonable budget for a sensible work plan will put you ahead of most competitors. To really stand out, focus on the difference between winning and almost winning. Ask yourself, “what’s the difference between a proposal that’s brilliant and one that’s merely [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:13:02-07:00June 1st, 2019|Persuasive Writing|Comments Off on How to make your proposal stand out

Using plural pronouns for singular subjects

Someone recently asked this question on Quora:  " I have noticed a trend in grammar where what was once regarded as singular, now is expressed in the plural. Is my perception correct and, if so, do I simply acquiesce?" If you do acquiesce, you have some cover. The International Writing Centers Association recently adopted a policy of allowing plural pronouns to replace the clunky “he or she” and “his or [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:13:51-07:00March 21st, 2019|Persuasive Writing|Comments Off on Using plural pronouns for singular subjects

How to Write a Great Title for Your Project

START BY TELLING THEM WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET, NOT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO. A great proposal addresses the reviewer’s need. A great title highlights your solution to that need. Emphasize the results, not the activities.Here's a good technique for writing a great title: Make a list of words in your proposal that are important. Focus on those that convey the novelty of your idea. Brainstorm as many titles as you [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:12:00-07:00February 15th, 2018|Persuasive Writing|Comments Off on How to Write a Great Title for Your Project

Setup to Payoff: How to Keep Readers Engaged

Setup to Payoff: How to Keep Readers Engaged   Writing strong, compelling proposals, essays, and stories can take a writer from the middle of the pack to extraordinary. This is a principle that we often harp upon at Giant Angstrom Partners. We give our students and writing workshop participants the tools they need to write outstanding pieces. To do this, we need to be able to write these ourselves.   [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:09:48-07:00September 26th, 2017|Persuasive Writing|Comments Off on Setup to Payoff: How to Keep Readers Engaged
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