When crafting grant applications,
remember these grantwriting tips from the pros
and you too may be able to avoid
the dreaded REJECTION letter.
Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
And don't begin a sentence with a conjunction.
It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
Avoid cliches like the plague because they're old hat.
Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
Be more or less specific.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
Also too, never, use repetitive redundancies.
No sentence fragments.
Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
One should NEVER generalize.
Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
Don't use no double negatives.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
One word sentences? Eliminate.
Analogies in grant writing are like feathers on a snake.
The passive voice is to be ignored.
Eliminate commas, that are, unnecessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
Kill all exclamation points!!!!
Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.
Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
Quotations? Eliminate! As Waldo Emerson said,"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
If you've heart it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
Puns are for children not for groan readers.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.