How to write an application

A young man wanted to know how to write a letter of application for a course. The guidelines below describe the process of brainstorming. They work for a job application, request for some service or favour, or anything similar.

1. Make a list of points as they come to you, without judgment or self-censoring. They can be silly points, because they can lead to good ones.

2. Keep doing this, adding to the list for a few days.

3. Put the list away for a while, concentrating on other things.

4. Next, critically examine each point. Discard bad ones. Remove or combine repetitions. If you have a submission guideline that specifies word count, use that to guide the number of points you will keep.

5. Put the remaining points in logical order.

6. Expand each point into a paragraph.

7. Write a suitable conclusion.

8. Last thing, write an introduction.

9. Put it away for a few days, then pretend that someone else had written it, and you are judging it in a contest. Revise.

10. Submit!

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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