There are two more weekends left in February, and that means two more weekends to fill out an application for a $5000 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award, open to all artists -- including writers -- at all career stages. Project Awards of up to $5,000 will support short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and development of their work.
I've blogged before about the grant-application process, which yields benefits whether or not you end up receiving an award. Just forcing yourself to fill out an application can help you:
Kick-start, revive, or focus a writing project.
Create a timeline.
Create a budget.
Produce a clean writing sample that can be used for other kinds of applications.
Make you answerable to the most important person: You.
But that's my take on it. What's yours?
Over the next few days, I invite all comments, tips, questions (we'll help if we can) and excuses. (Though you know we aren't really going to believe the excuses.)