I think a lot of people have felt similar about this, but I need to get some of this off of my chest! SO, I am in the midst of my project, and I have definitely taken a sharp turn. I thought I was talking about Beyoncé as a an icon, but I am really talk about how she has shifted her audience to cater to a wider demographic which makes her more famous. While they sound hand-in-hand, they really aren’t! I’m concerned/excited for what’s about to come. It’s scary, but after our recent class I have learned that it is okay to shift paths.
I am having the same feeling as I did in my writing gateway in our repurposing section. In my original work, I wrote a research paper about food trucks– it was extremely cookie-cutter.
Here’s a part of it:
“With recent technologies, restaurants have been able to capitalize on social media advertisement, and food trucks are following with the same technique. The recent food truck phenomenon has made me question: why do food trucks flourish in metropolitan cities, like LA and San Francisco?”
Then, I broke the essay down into sections about social media, economics, and culture. Not very exciting, but I needed an interesting topic to keep me motivated for ten pages.
For my repurpose, I was nervous, but I completely reworked this piece. In the second work, I wrote about how food trucks were an obsession and the hash tag was the central idea of this industry. I took one part of the huge research essay and expanded it.
Here is a sample excerpt:
“On the side of each truck there was a creative hashtag or an Instagram handle, which basically screamed at the consumers “FOLLOW ME.” As the consumer, a hashtag for a restaurant was a common advertisement, and at this point in society, practically a formality. However, to the food truck industry the beloved hashtag means everything to the trucks’ production, sales, and marketing all together.”
One thing I am struggling with is how to rework some of my introduction to fit my new idea. I’ve been doing a lot of cut and pasting, and I have started to realize something. Sometimes, when I cut and paste intensely I produce some of my best work. It’s kind of weird how a sentence can fit perfectly in one context and perfectly in another.
That’s a whole other problem though.
I don’t want my writing to be too basic, so my sentences should not be so readily able to be cut and pasted into new paragraphs. Ray spoke to us about how each sentence needs a place and a purpose. This has brought me down a well-known path that we all need to confront:
I am currently rewriting. A lot. And while at times it is useful, other times I feel like I am scrapping good material because I do not know where to put it anymore. Has anyone been in a similar situation? What do you do when you still love certain prose, but you no longer have the exact basis to use them? This is kind of a broad question, but maybe someone out there is having a similar predicament. I was considering including a section where I write about my process and how I got here.