Lesson 9 For Grantwriters From “The Princess Bride”

Don't get too cutesy.

Continuing with the series of what we can learn from the movie, The Princess Bride, here’s lesson #9.

Don’t be overly cutesy in your writing. It quickly becomes annoying.

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Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can fuss.

Fezzik: Fuss, fuss… I think he like to scream at us.

Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no harm.

Fezzik: He’s really very short on charm.

Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.

Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.

Vizzini: Enough of that.

Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?

Fezzik: If there are, we’ll all be dead.

Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.

Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?

Grantwriting is a creative endeavor, but it is NOT “creative writing” as the term is used in academia. It’s a straightforward exercise in technical writing combined with verve and passion. But it is NOT cutesy. Now, I have only very rarely seen a proposal that tried to be “too creative” and this is a good thing. Focus on substance with style in your writing. It will take you far and be a joy to read for the reviewers.

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