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11/26/08
MISTAKES? I’VE MADE A FEW…THOUSAND – Pt.3
Filed under: GENERAL
Posted by: Jon @ 7:37 am

THE CASE OF WHAT’S MY LINE

Project:  Literacy challenge grant for rural communities.

What Happened:  The RFP required that the final proposal be printed on paper with the numbers 1-30 down the left side — the same kind used for legal documents.  This was to ensure that applicants used “…no more than 30 lines of narrative per page.”

MISTAKES

  1. Despite warnings from a fellow writer, Pro-bono head here decides to save time and trouble by skipping the pre-printed legal paper with numbers running down the side and letting the line numbering setting on the computer do it.
  2. There were blank spaces between paragraphs and blank spaces before and after charts and graphs that contained no narrative but that the computer counted as lines.
  3. I assumed that the reader would see that despite what the numbers on the left that counted blank lines read, that there was still no more than 30 lines of narrative per page.  

RESULTS
WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

Play it safe.  Never leave it up for interpretation by the reader; 30 lines meant 30 lines.

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