Many RFPs specify a word limit. And experienced writers will know that using less words is proportionately more difficult and typically takes more time than using more – the shorter the length of the piece, the more time it will take to create it.
I recently came across what I think is a great little exercise for developing your skills and practising developing content that is brief, interesting, complete and that holds together.
I found this while thumbing through “A Whole New Mind” (Daniel Pink, Riverhead Books, original © 2005). The exercise is called “Write a Mini Saga” and the task is to tell a story in 50 words or less. The story must have a title, a beginning, middle and an end.
So I’m posing the challenge to our readers. Tell us a proposal related story in 50 words or less. This can be something that took place on a recent effort, or the mini tale of how you’ve brought about a needed improvement, a quick peak into your world of proposals.
Jon and I will follow with our entries.