The Nautilus Newsletter: Writing Tips From FNQ

Hello and Welcome to my Nautilus Newsletter series, this time with GRANT AND TENDER WRITING TIPS to help you through #COVID19.

I am also here to help you with any technical writing issues and tasks you might have during this tough time — contact me through email, LinkedIn or Facebook (see above).

Today we’ll discuss your approach to that funding submission, with a little on persuasive writing and planning. Links to important government funding sites and grant hubs are also included. Read on. See my latest video for more tips.    

I am also here to help you with any technical writing issues and tasks you might have during this tough time — contact me through email, LinkedIn or Facebook (see above).

Today we’ll discuss your approach to that funding submission, with a little on persuasive writing and planning. Links to important government funding sites and grant hubs are also included. Read on. See my latest video for more tips.    

Read on…

Grants and Tenders – the Agony and the Ecstasy!

I am giving a series of mini-workshops on grants and tenders at YEP’s Deep Dive Into Growth this Thursday.

Just one of a crowd of eager presenters, I’ll be sharing the Bill with:

– Tara Diversi – Entrepreneurship Facilitator
– Shaun Bassett: Venture Capitalist – PieLab Ventures
– Andrea Tunjic: People Strong
– Aaron Birkby: Peak Persona and Startup Catalyst
– Fireside chat on growing your brand with social media, authorship and speaking.

and others…

The program will be out shortly.

Date: Thursday, 21/02/19
Venue: CQU Cairns Campus, Level 3
Contact: https://deepdive2019.eventbrite.com.au or hello@yepcairns.com

See you there!?

At War with Ourselves? Creative Right Brain vs Logical Left Brain? …Really?

What is creativity and why are we surprised when logical types show it? Isn’t there supposed to be a dominant side of the brain?  Left side logic – right side creative?

Right?  Well.  No. It’s a Myth.

Creativity is simply the ability to come up with something new – or thinking in new ways. Thinking outside the box, the ability to see patterns that are not obvious – equally relevant to maths, science, and the arts. Some of the curliest maths problems have only been solved through the creative leanings of the world’s greatest mathematicians, and some of the finest works of art are based on exquisite mathematical formulae.

“Creativity is only intelligence having fun”

– based on a quote by George Scialabba, Mindplay, 1984,  Harvard Magazine

I am a scientist, but a rock and wood sculptor in my spare time. I find it liberating and enthralling to create something unique. How do I get into that creative space? No idea, but I do know it can’t be forced, and that I am completely unaware of the passage of time!

So, when did this left logical – right emotional brain idea take hold?  The misconception began in the late 1800’s when two neurologists, Broca and Wernicke, noticed damage in the left side of brains from patients who had been unable to communicate properly. They reasonably concluded that language was controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain. Remember, this was all based on dissection and light microscopy, long before CAT scans.

The left brain-right brain idea caught the popular imagination – we like simple explanations. Writer Robert Louis Stevenson popularised the concept in one of his novels – the logical left hemisphere-dominant Dr Jekyll (think Mr Spock, too) and the emotional right hemisphere-dominant Mr Hyde.

And this stuck, despite not standing up to ongoing scientific research – people with missing or damaged lobes on either side still showed a full range of functions.

We now know that one side of the brain is more active than the other for some functions. Language is more localised to the left, and attention to the right, so one side of the brain may do more work, but this varies with the system not with the person.

There is no evidence for a dominant side of the brain, or a left-right split between logic and creativity. And the idea of logic and creativity being at odds with each other doesn’t hold up well, either. Neither does there being a conflict between being logical and creative. Almost every feat of logic and creativity shows the brain functioning as a whole.

So, that means that we scientists can be both, without some sort of deep soul-wrenching conflict!

EDITING TIPS AND FREE WEBSITE CONTENT AUDIT!

#writingtips #freewebsitecontentaudit #grammar #website #copywriting #copywriter #freestuff #editor #copyeditor

Three tips for all you self-editors out there

1) The best way to edit your own writing is to put what you wrote into a completely different format and font.

So, for example, say you used Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced one column, 2.54cm margins one each side, yadda, yadda, yadda…). Change it to Arial 10 pt., 1.5 spaced, two columns, etc – you get the idea….
You may be pleasantly surprised, or alternatively, shocked, dismayed (I can’t believe I wrote that s**t!) but also intensely relieved! Really easy to do with global commands in Word.

2) If the above sounds a little convoluted, then… step away from the words!

Go and do something else entirely (infusion of tea, coffee, chocolate or other legal drug of choice), don’t come back to it for a week or so – put a reminder in your calendar. Same possibilities as above :), Best done in combination with 1), and coffee!
 
This is great for emails, particularly those written on a Monday, or when firing on three cylinders, or when things are otherwise a little tense!
 

3) Give it to someone else – someone you know is a better writer, but friendly.

Don’t give it to someone who will just glance at it, pat you on the back, and whisper all those nice things they think you want to hear. Give it to someone you know may tear it to shreds.
 

4) Give it to me! I will tear it to shreds, if necessary, but do it nicely, and constructively.

Get in touch on richard@rmusgrove.com, PM me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/richard.musgrove.773) or call me +61 0473 465 758


The Free Stuff

The first three people to ‘Like’ and share this post get a free website content audit! I’ll go through and report back on your structure, grammar and general readability. I’ll also pass it on to a friend of mine who is an SEO expert and is happy to help! Where we go from there is up to you.

Now – I am just going to put this away and make myself a strong, black cup of coffee …. 🙂