I read Writer’s Digest article 6 SIMPLE WAYS TO REBOOT YOUR WRITING ROUTINE and step #1 was to create an artist statement. I never thought about this before. I Googled ‘personal artist statement’ and was surprised by the amount of links that came up. Some articles specifically stated that artists are not writers. I disagree. I consider writing a form of art.
What is an artist’s personal statement? It’s basically a short paragraph about the artist to accompany a painting, sculpture, groups of paintings or sculptures, or other works-of-art. Obviously, a writer’s personal statement would be a short paragraph about you, the writer, and your writings.
If a writer solely focuses on how much money they’ll earn or how much fame they’ll receive from publishing a book, they’ll probably become unfulfilled.
How to Write Your Writer’s Personal Statement in 3 Easy Steps
1. Keep your writer’s personal statement around 100 words.
2. Your writer’s personal statement could describe the genre(s) you write along with your style and tone. Consider naming authors/writers that you admire or have inspired your creative, freelance and ghost writing career. You can mention your education and other credentials too.
3. Think about the journalistic questions what, how, and why and answer the following questions:
- Why do you write?
- Why do you write what you write?
- Why does it matter that you write?
- Why do you put the time and effort into writing?
- What are you trying to convey to readers through your writing?
- What do you want your writing legacy to be?
- How did you become a writer?
Use the above steps as a guideline to create your writer’s personal statement. If you wrote a writer’s personal statement last year, find and read it. Does your statement still apply? Have you grown as a writer? Are you still writing in the same genre(s)? Are you still freelance writing? If your writer’s personal statement no longer applies, write a new one and hang it up in your home office.
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