6. How to Talk About Your Craft

Speaking confidently about your craft can be daunting. There’s nothing worse than being asked about your writing or heaven forbid a coworker asks what your paintings look like. It sounds so trite and simple, but it’s difficult to sound confident, but not prideful and knowledgeable and not stupid. We’re going to help bolster your verbal repertoire with tips on surviving the dreaded conversations.

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Episode Outline

  1. Know Your Audience
    1. Are you talking to a fellow artist or a coworker?
    2. Learn a little about the person if you don’t know them already.
    3. If you’re talking to an artist, they will be a little more understanding about your projects.
  2. Know The Terms
    1. Do some research to make sure you know the industry lingo so you don’t sound like an ignoramus.
  3. Know Your Responses
    1. If you’re not great on the spot, come up with some responses so you’re not caught off guard when asked about it.
    2. Get ready for the dread, “What are you writing about?” or “What are you painting?”
      1. It doesn’t sound that daunting, but there’s something debilitating about that question at a social gathering.
      2. Have a few responses worked out. If you’re an author, you can try throwing out “a fantasy novel,” but sometimes that simply leads into, “What’s it about?”
      3. Depending on where you are in the process, you may not even know what your story is about.
        1. It’s easy to sound like you don’t know what you’re doing if you say that you’re still working on it, even if it’s true.
        2. You could pull from the The Seven Basic Plots (Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Rebirth)
        3. This allows you to simply explain what type of story it is without getting too specific.
  4. Know How to Steer the Conversation
    1. Talk more about HOW you create and less on WHAT you create.
    2. Tell them all about your PROCESS. What your daily routine looks like. They’ll either be intersted or get bored and change the subject! Whew!
  5. Know How to Sell Yourself
    1. There’s a fine balance between being confident and coming off arrogant about your craft
    2. Be bold and proud of your work, while sharing some of the praise with a significant other, family, or other muse or inspiration.

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