Here’s a simple truth: The more you write grant proposals, the better you get at developing them. For new proposal writers, there isn’t a magic bullet, or a secret formula, that helps you master the craft. You just have to do it over and over and over again. Repetition increases your speed and it improves your ability to anticipate, and respond to, funders’ needs. And, BTW, unfunded proposals are never failures; they’re opportunities to reflect upon, and to refine, your work. If you’re holding off developing a proposal because you feel like you’re not quite ready, stop it—get in the game! Go for it!