A grant writer who lacks self confidence in their writing is doomed to mediocrity or failure. It’s evident when someone writes how confident they are about their narrative. Grant Writers are writing persuasive technical narrative and to do so one must be self confident. There are any number of things that can lead a grant writer to lose confidence about a grant they’re writing.
Here is my top ten list of things that erodes my self confidence when I sit down to write a narrative.
1. I have either not read the RFP comprehensively, or I do not feel that I grasped it.
2. I have questions about the RFP that are unanswered and the granting agency either refuses to take questions or their staff is unavailable.
3. I have not spent enough time with the client to flesh out the program they want funding for.
4. I am short of time to write.
5. I am distracted by outside influences and personal problems.
6. I am unable to get needed signatures, letters of support, or MOU’s in a timely that that allow me to fully focus on the narrative.
7. I have not organized all components of the grant and feel at loose ends.
8. I am dependent on others to provide narrative information and they are slow to provide it.
9. I am having technical difficulties with my equipment that could threaten the writing process and/or digital files.
10. I have had one or more grants declined recently.
Using a positive voice in writing grant narratives is vital to convey ability and competence. Readers scoring a grant written with a confident voice feel secure that the objectives will be achieved. The grant maker seeks maximum assurance that the proposed project will be implemented and that it will successfully achieve the objectives. Confidence is fundamental to writing successful grants that are dependent on a positive, descriptive, technical narrative.
Confidence, now that’s sexy!