If you’re like most artists writing your artist’s statement is one of those projects that you dread even more than root canal. Having helped thousands of artists over the years tackle this job I was delighted to come across two fun techniques to help you write your artist’s statement. These tools, “freewriting” and “mind-mapping”, are powerful brainstorming strategies used by creative individuals as well as innovative CEOs of major corporations. So, why not give them a try?
This is the process of spontaneously or automatically writing without any hesitation. You may want to give yourself a time limit, such as 5-15 minutes. I recommend setting a timer. Begin pouring out what ever thoughts and ideas come to mind about why you create your art. Write without any regard to spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness, or style. Do not judge or correct as you write. You can do this later. The purpose is to allow a free flowing process of ideas to appear so that you can later organize them into a coherent statement.
The second strategy that is very popular is mind-mapping. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Using arrows or dotted lines, you can connect that main idea to other relevant ideas that answer the “how” and “why” based on the central idea. Visualize this as branches and sub-branches of a tree. Use blank, unlined paper.
I found a helpful website http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm where you can find a video and visuals to show you exactly how to create a mind map.
You may want to start with freewriting and then import your key words and phrases into the mind-map. No matter which strategy you use to help you get your ideas and writing juices flowing remember that the process may takes several attempts. Practice the strategies over a period of time.
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