Hope you had a great Fourth of July. I spent a good deal of my time writing a grant proposal. Not for a client. For me.
It has been a long time since I wrote a proposal for my own project. I had forgotten how hard it is to write about yourself. I can smack out a proposal for someone else in no time flat. But writing for myself is really hard.
I realized anew how important it is to get another set of eyeballs on your proposal. First, it’s difficult to write objectively about your own project. Everything seems clear and self-explanatory to you, but it can be mud to your reader. Second, find someone to copy edit. They will point out inconsistencies, anomalies, bad punctuation, and (worst of all) the Oxford comma.
Never never never trust yourself with your own proposal. Get help. Get feedback. Call the funder and go over e project with the program officer. Get all the input you can. And leave your ego at the door. Don’t argue. Take the notes, integrate them if you can, and ignore the rest.