While exploring my options for repurposing, the most difficult challenge I faced was finding a work to which I could commit over the rest of the semester. What if I chose the wrong piece and ended up hating the entire Gateway course because of it? What if I bit off more than I could chew?
I’m still not certain of where I should truly be going, but I know one thing–it’s time to finally make a choice and commit.
There were three choices I presented my group. One was of a piece I wrote for a writing competition senior year of high school. It was a short performance piece that explored the way a writer can be defined by the characters he or she creates. In this work, there is a writer who announces to the audience that he will showcase himself as a writer through the monologues of his characters. The characters give their monologues as separate scenes, and through these monologues we see how the characters are not only written subjects, but also play active roles as writers in the writer’s mind. I considered repurposing it into a fiction piece for an audience of fiction readers, or even into a speech on writing.
The other option I presented to my group was a play I wrote last year. In this play, one of the main arguments is that the gay community is not a united front, but a divided one with hierarchies of its own, the main hierarchy being that of masculinity with the most “straight-acting” gays being those most impressive or most attractive.
Lastly, I presented a project from my senior year in high school in which I wrote about the relevancy of monogamy in the modern world. This was a research paper for my Honors English teacher to read. For repurposing it, I wanted to focus on one argument that I made that the modern world, though seemingly more “connected” than ever before, has made true connection more difficult than ever before. For this repurposing, I wanted to write a piece that did a more thorough investigation of this specific argument, demonstrating the ways in which social media, texting, dating sites and apps, and a highly individualized culture tend to split us apart rather than unite us, which makes finding an actual connection in this world of artificial connections much more crucial.
I have chosen to do my last idea because I feel most fascinated by its relevancy to today. Instead of it being an academic work meant for a teacher, I would like to change it into a creative work meant for a general audience. I want to make either a short fiction, drama, or screenplay that explores the questions of the modern disconnect in the quest to find connection. I am not entirely sure of what story to tell, but I know the argument behind it should read “it’s harder than ever to connect, and for this reason a true connection is that much more crucial.”