An Ode To A Proposal

At work, I’ve been getting more responsibilities, which is fine by me. I currently help on a major support basis and do some PR on the side. My boss has mentioned transitioning me into a fully PR spot, which is definitely up my alley. I love getting to contact fun customers and just interview them and learn how their using their software.

At my last job, we had some real grade-A wackos who just didn’t respect women in tech, but over the past year, I have experienced zero of that at Switcher Studio. Our clientele loves all of our team, including the women! That’s great in and of itself.

My assignment for over the weekend was to write a proposal for our company’s new social media strategy. I feel like it came out well (we’ll see after I have to present it tomorrow @.@), but it was actually quite difficult to write!

I prefer to write things in more of a stream-of-consciousness style. From my novels, to my articles for NurdMedia, to these blog posts…I don’t really work off an outline. I have a basic understanding of what I wish to do in my mind, and I just…start…writing. Then, I edit it later, and I’m all set! It keeps things just as exciting for me in the writing process, as it does for the consumer in the reading process.

A proposal is essentially just a giant outline. Short sentences. Lots of tabbing. It’s an odd experience for sure.

But I’m sure that it will be great for my personal growth. The best way to grow as a person, and especially to grow in an art form, is to challenge yourself by taking a new path with your art that you normally wouldn’t take, or that you are weak at. Things turn into a sort of fun brain puzzle, and you can always take away some portion of what you learn and apply it to your main art later down the road.

This assignment taught me new ways to break things down, to make it easy for anyone to pick up the proposal and hit the ground running. I am the mastermind, but I don’t have to be the only executioner. And that is something that was missing from my first draft, which consisted of pages of long, flowy paragraphs that I would have to coach someone through.

For works of fiction, long descriptions are amazing, and they are a great way to transport your reader into your character’s world.

For PR proposals in the tech world, maybe short and simple is the way to go.

EDIT: September 05th, 2017

The proposal went over great and my boss loved it! 😀