In all the time I’ve been writing grants, I find that some grants flow easily out of my brain to my computer and others get stuck to the roof of my mouth like a spoonful of peanut butter. I sit at the computer during those times like my old German Short-Haired Pointer “Tucker” eating peanut butter, just gumming and gumming and gumming but not able to free up the narrative.
It’s hard sometimes to figure out why I’m stuck with a grant, but often it’s because I don’t have a clear picture of the program I am writing. Oh, I know what the program is about, but I just can’t explain how it’s going to work. Here are a few things I try to get the narrative “peanut butter” off the roof of my mouth.
- Develop a logic model for the project. This forces you to outline your thinking in a sequential (and logical) way.
- Do a little reading about the topic area you are writing about. Sometimes that gives me the spark I need.
- Talk more to the client about the program design and get them to expound on how they see it working.
- Try to write the abstract. If you can’t write a summary of the project, this may explain the parts of it that you’re stuck on.
- Revisit your goals and objectives. Sometimes your objectives are just activities and if they are, you’ll get stuck because you won’t have anything new to write about in the program section.
Facing the Blank Page (Or, Beginning to Write)
Try a Change of Perspective
Some Thoughts from the Coach on Setting Your Intent
A Few Words from the Coach about Focus
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