I started writing up a proposed project proposal last night, after discussion with my boss and his potential collaborator before leaving the conference for the day. When I showed the draft to the collaborator today, it was clear that my answers to the 6 basic questions were either not showing through the writing, or they were not strong enough answers.
Both are pretty serious problems by themselves, as the former requires that I revisit my writing, and the latter means that my arguments are weak. Together, they form an application that will unlikely be funded.
How will I fix this? I will take on board the collaborator’s suggestions first, and see how the application will take shape. Then I will worry about how to identify these sorts of problems myself.