As I’ve already said, I believe that each of us is a competent storyteller. Telling stories is an integral part of our daily lives. And yet telling an agency’s story in a grant proposal can seem so daunting. Why? One of the obvious reasons is that most of our daily storytelling is verbal. Frequently, it is the act of writing the story down that freezes us. So how can you take the spoken word and get it written down?
First, turn off that editor’s voice in your head. Too often we believe that the written word needs to be more formal or perfect than the way we speak. We begin to write, yet find ourselves saying, “That doesn’t sound right.” So we stop. We delete. We labor over the same sentence for hours.
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