Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Where is Grant Writing Perfection?

I’m agonizing over a grant narrative.  It isn’t perfect yet.  I’m missing a key piece of data from the client.  There are a couple of sections that can be tightened up. The deadline is coming and it’s not perfect yet. I always have trouble decided when to put it to rest.

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.

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