I have a few ideas for proposals I want to write in the next year or so, and although my ideas may change over the course of the year, I like to have a general plan. For me, the construction of a proposal commonly involves various stages:
1 – Some possibly interesting (and of course transformative) ideas buzz around my brain until they settle into distinct ideas that can be packaged into focused and compelling proposal-units.
2 – The beginning of proposal writing is not a linear process. I don’t start at the beginning and work my way through to the end. I write various pieces of it as best suits my mood, move bits of text around, create or assemble figures, talk to colleagues, edit what I’ve written, write new sections, and so on. This is my favorite part, and it can be exhilarating.
The remaining three stages that FSP writes about in her post are all related to filling out forms, uploading them and doing the housekeeping chores. Take a look!