The ultimate goal here is to have an interaction about your baby, your work of love. This conversation should lead to ideas, suggestions, and improvements in not only the individual piece of art you are discussing but in your creative journey. This evaluation of your work is going to involve you expressing your thoughts with someone who has other thoughts. You both need to start utilizing some critical thinking.
When I first heard this term, I started researching it and came up with some pretty intense and deep articles, ideas, scholarly works that, quite frankly were beyond my comprehension skills. Papers from ivory league schools, psychological research, educational information and the kicker for me was the philosophic Socratic approach.
So, in the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “be a simple kind of man oh, be something you love and understand”; so I’m showing my age here. Maybe in writing this series of articles I’m realizing that I’m not a critical thinker. But I’m going to try to simplify it anyway. Okay, here it goes. You ready? Ask questions! That’s it! Find something to talk about, with another person. Talk about your work and their work. Look for information, answers and solutions. These last three need to be facts from trustworthy sources. Or come up with a counter argument if you feel it’s needed. Be honest about facts, and avoid your preconceived ideas and opinions.
I think that’s it. I’m sure you know the acronym, KISS? Keep it simple smarty! Ok so I made that up, because stupid just didn’t seem right after all that talk about being gentle.