There are some big truths about grant writing I’ve learned through years of practice.
1. Writing is never finished.
2. You and your client rarely prioritize the grant in the same way.
3. The further removed a partner is from the writing, the harder it is to get what you need from them.
4. You must stop revising at some point at edit carefully.
5. When a section of narrative is hard to tighten up (make crystal-clear and comprehensible) a graphic might help accomplish that.
Perfection in your written narrative is something you aren’t going to achieve. You do though want to be perfectly accurate, perfectly edited, and perfectly on time! You’ll always agonize as you send it that there was a section you could have improved upon. There will always be that unhelpful partner that sends you a letter of support the day after the grant was due.
We all learn to live with a little imperfection in the world and grant writing is no different.
Grant Writing is No Mystery
Grant Writing is like Lasagna