So how do you abuse a grant writer?
First, get in line and wait your turn. There’s plenty ahead of you.
Let the above joke be a warning: the following is written with extreme prejudice, from a grant writer’s point-of-view. So maybe what follows might be a bit slanted and overstated. Or, you could look at it as extremely helpful. For, if you really want to get the most out of someone you learn what makes them tick. This section could also be entitled, “How To Get The Most — And Least — Out Of A Grant Writer.”
So here’s what makes a couple of grant writers tick…and also what really ticks us off.
Never answer a question with “because that’s how I told you to write and I’m paying you to write - that’s why.” We’re not stenographers, we don’t take and transcribe dictation. We take your thoughts and ideas and use our own voice to turn them into words.
You don’t have to agree or disagree - just understand. I doubted myself. That’s what a writer does. And then he or she fixes the product until s/he doesn’t doubt himself and thinks it can’t get any better…and that periods usually lasts about five seconds. And then we’re back to doubting ourselves and, by doing that, figuring out ways to make it better. Of all the hundreds of writers I know and have interviewed I’ve only heard a couple who are completely satisfied with their project once they type the final word. And they are alcoholics. The rest are never satisfied. Many, in fact, won’t even read what they’ve written. They see the mistakes and flaws. They have an urge to grab a pencil and correct it, forgetting that it’s too late. I say that not looking for sympathy. Not so you’ll agree or disagree. Just so you understand.
More on abusing grant writers in the next post.
Meanwhile, for more about how a grant writer should work as part of a planning team for your grant proposal, please read my new book, RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: THE GROUNDBREAKING PROCESS USED TO WIN MORE THAN $385 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT FUNDS. Go to www.SandyPointInk.com.