November 29, 2012
A choice between the devil and the deep blue sea: get sucked into proposal madness, or get stuck managing a project someone else designed with impossible goals and budget. Neither option is pretty. To get involved in writing research proposals for work means a sacrifice several days of personal life to each proposal, a mad fit of writing outside office hours, under pressure of clock and page count. It is not an episode of creative writing – proposal madness is something else. The alternative, managing the impossible project, just spreads the same volume of pain out over a much longer period.