Get Stuck to Write Well
- Instructor: Helen Warren
- Department: Corporate and Foundation Relations
- Topic: Pre-Writing Strategies, Writing, Writing Fundamentals
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I'm Helen Warren, a professional grant writer here at Macalester. Like you, I write to impress very intelligent and highly critical readers. And in those high-stakes situations, sometimes I'm writing along and suddenly I don't know what to say next. And pretty soon I've come to a full stop, I'm stuck. When I get stuck I remember that I'm stuck for a reason: getting stuck is where you really think about what you want to say and why it's important to say it. When I'm stuck I also think about the people I'm trying to influence and when I can think of them as people interested in what I have to say, that's a first step in getting unstuck. So, I get stuck. And I trust myself to get unstuck. So far, so good. So get stuck to write well.