What qualities are required for writing a good grant and paper?

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Jitendra Sinha
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What qualities are required for writing a good grant and paper?

What qualities are required for writing a good grant and paper?

  • One must enroll for some writing techinque/ specialization classes
  • Its a innate quality, just need to practice
  • Is learnt during the course of some program, like PhD
  • Needs updated information in the related area and dedication towards science
heehawmcduff
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I learned a lot about writing

I learned a lot about writing from my PhD director of studies.  She taught me about drawing conclusions that are appropriate from the data and maintaining a unemotional attitude when describing it by text without sounding too boring. 
And, of course, you are continually learning.

R Bishop
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Agreed,

Agreed,

For me it was and still is a continual learning curve.  It took me 6 papers to even know where to begin.  The hardest papers to write are review articles.  For my Nature review, it took me almost 6 months to gather all the data, then to compress into a readable form in 8 page was a nightmare.  I also agree with Heehaw, my PIs were and are spectacular writers, this was invaluable to my career.

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Ivan Delgado
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I too agree that it is an

I too agree that it is an ongoing process and something you will never stop developing. What is more I think it does not get the attention that it should since most PhD programs do not emphasize the development of this skill, at least not within the required coursework. Spending quality time learning how to write, and even taking courses that cover the basics, is something budding scientists should consider.
As a side, I've come across scientists that are simply amazing writers, no matter what they are writing (papers, reviews, grants, etc). They seem to have a gift for expression that arguably no amount of training or experience could match, much like some individuals are simply genetically better at doing some things than most other people (like athletes). If you come across people like that ask them about their technique, there is a good chance you'll learn a lot.

Arvind Singh Pundir
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Reading papers of some good

Reading papers of some good authors may be related to your work will help a lot and certainly practice and experience makes it better

Jitendra Sinha
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What I personally feel is

What I personally feel is like, writing is an art but with as much knowledge possible, the words become more digestable. I agree that during our research work we go through so many articles and literature of other forms. Also we learn a lot from our good guide as the typical points and regular corrections make us a better author. Its there if one gets instant input over a mistake made, the probability of repeating that reaches somewhat zero level!