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Grantomania!

I have been constantly writing grants now for about a year. I’m pretty sick of it but I need to keep going until I’ve established a secure funding program that will give me more flexibility in my work. I’m in a department with no hard money so there is no alternative.

At times like this when motivation is low it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the process. This morning I enjoyed watching this video made by film-maker Tiffany Schlain about the creative process. Everything in it is applicable to the process of writing grants.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/19/tiffany-shlain-creative-process/

One stage of the process that I’ve come to realize is essential to me is stage 6: “just step away’. Even if I just leave the draft of an application alone for one day when I come back to it I see it through fresh eyes and realize which parts aren’t clear and how to edit out the parts that I now realize are crap.

Unfortunately, until recently I never factored this break time into my schedule for grant writing (a schedule that at its worst has consisted of “sh*t I’ve got to write this application in a weekend!”) and usually ended up giving it to a mentor to look over before I’d really looked it over myself. Of course, this leads to a drop in the quality of feedback as they’re picking up on all of the blatant issues that I would have seen myself if I’d allowed myself the break from the application.

I’m getting better at it now. Ideally, I give myself a few days away from an application but at the worst leaving a rough draft alone for a night is has worked out better than pushing further with it that night. If it’s not working, give yourself a break.

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