Creative writing skills are important in the grant writing process as the ability to tell your story is essential when presenting your project or program ideas to a funder. Equally important is the selection of the “right” words to clearly convey your point. According to Anne Bromely, grammar and writing instructor at San Diego State University’s Extension Program, “short letters are remembered; long ones are skimmed and filed.” When over-used or vague words are included in your proposal you are missing the opportunity for your words to be remembered. See the list below for advantageous alternative words to strengthen your writing.
Instead of Using these Weak/Vague/Redundant Words…
Use these Strong/Clear Words!