A lot of people ask me how they should start the grant writing process. In this episode I talk with my friend Kent Sanders, a ghostwriter, about the connections between ghostwriting and grant writing. He reminds us of some foundational things we should prioritize in our journeys.
Be okay with imperfection. Nothing is going to be perfect. Give grace to yourself and to your writing. Care about and be proud of what you do; don’t nitpick everything about it.
Parallels Between Ghostwriting and Grant Writing
- Be up for the challenge. Just like the client, writer, editor, and publisher may all want something different out of a book, everyone involved in the grant process will want a little something different out of it. You as the writer want one thing, the receiver may want another thing, and the people benefiting may want another. Be ready to tackle that challenge! And be prepared to listen.
- Have a good relationship with your client. Camaraderie can make a huge difference when it comes to the efficiency and stress levels involved in any task.
- Be easy to work with. Show respect, provide clear communication, and be on top of your responsibilities.
- Be on time with the project. Or better yet, early.
- Be a stress reliever to those around you. You’re here to make things better, not worse.
So Where Do You Start?
Begin by listening to the people you’re writing for, be empathetic, learn their stories, and then tackle every task each step of the way!
You’ve got this!
How can you apply one of the above parallels to your grant writing process?
Meet Kent Sanders:
Kent Sanders is the founder of Inkwell Ghostwriting, which helps leaders grow their business through books and other content. He is also the author and co-author of numerous books, including 18 Words to Live By: A Father’s Wisdom on What Matters Most and co-author of The Faith of Elvis: A Story Only a Brother Can Tell with Billy Stanley, Elvis Presley’s stepbrother.
In addition to writing books for himself and his clients, Kent loves to help other writers. He is the host of the Daily Writer podcast and the founder of the Daily Writer Club, a membership community that helps writers build a business with their skills. He lives just outside of St. Louis and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and teenage son.
Connect with Kent Sanders:
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
- Anything You Want: 40 Lessons For a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
- Any resource from Ryan Holiday
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