Writing Approaches – Grant Blog #10
Right now I am in the middle of writing my dissertation. My first three chapters are with my committee. Not including the forthcoming comments from my committee, I have had a total of seven drafts with explicit detailed feedback from my chair and have completed at least 20 proofreads by other poor souls (i.e. husband, friends)and myself. Through the process, I am getting to know my subject matter better and I admit, I have a new understanding of a topic sentence.
What I have learned from this process is that academic writing is similar and at times completely different than grant writing. Below I outline some resources that have helped me begin to grasp the academic writing process. This is followed by grant writing tips, which I humbly have more experience doing and teaching others. But like anything in life, there is always more to learn. I am continually learning new techniques and strategies from my peers and life experiences.
Academic Writing – The Dissertation Outline
Check out these blogs and outlines which give some really great advice on how to tackle academic writing for a thesis. I now realize hind sight 20/20 I should have researched outlines more. Here are some resources I found on-line that give great how-to tips and frames.
- The Educational Entrepreneur
- Married and Playing Video Games
- Dissertation Outline Examples
- Ball Dissertation Outline Example
Grant Writing Methodology – Yes Grant Writers Have a Method to Grant Writing
I now appreciate the many different types of writing. I fully realize that I have been approaching writing like a grant writer. There is a method to the madness of grant writing. Grant writing can be fast and furious but does not always need to be stressful. I have noticed a two-hour lecture style orientation can be overwhelming to those who are new to grant writing. I have watched people get stressed out and overwhelmed as I move through a grant application. This motivated me to create small how-to-videos breaking down the method for grant writing. This allows people to process information in short bursts and also select times that are best for them to process the information. This approach seems to work well. Below are links to resources and how-to-videos on grant writing. I also linked to a blog that I feel really captures some basic grant writing methods.