If there’s one thing I’ve stressed most throughout the course of this class, it has been the continual feeling of constraint I’ve felt with my prior writing assignments, and how I’ve always felt like there have been very limited ways for me to approach and interact with my actual writing. When I first read the prompt for the repurposing assignment however, I was most excited about the chance to force myself to break out of my comfort zone, which up until now has been overwhelmingly constrained to a five paragraph argumentative essay format these past few years. At first I wasn’t really sure at all of what paper I was going to rewrite, but then I remembered a short story I wrote my freshman year. While my interests have drastically changed over the past few years, I have always been fan of westerns, and during my freshman year’s creative writing course I was given the task of writing a short story and ended up with a unfinished western story a little over 10 pages long. While this is not only a great chance to revisit a piece I haven’t even looked at since turning it in, it’s also one that never really had a purpose in the first place.
Going into this project, the biggest difference in the piece will be the reason for writing it. The first time around when I wrote the piece, it was literally solely for the purpose of getting the over the required 10 pages, with something I figured was halfway decent and could get me a satisfactory grade. No thought was given to character or plot development, there was never any kind of underlying message in the piece, and in the end, it made for a very unremarkable and very forgettable piece. I want to use this project to totally rethink the piece, and in the end, make it as enjoyable as I had intended in the first place.
Talking to my classmates helped me realize the wide range of reasons for writing a piece like this, and while I’m still trying to narrow down a meaning, message, or purpose for the piece other than being hopefully an entertaining and enjoyable read. I think the one thing that helped me most with the idea of repurposing was that I’m very much the kind of person that would prefer to discuss their ideas and receive instant feedback on something, as opposed to written responses or anything. Not that I don’t appreciate or enjoy peer editing, I just prefer face-to-face interactions. Also, I’ve found that personal interaction helps me generate ideas that I might not necessarily think of while sitting down trying to write, since a lot of the time the best ideas I’ve had have been spur of the moment, almost a right place, right time, kind of thing. The biggest thing I currently need help with moving forward is finding a specific audience and a specific reason to write. This is a favorite genre of mine (Westerns) and I’m excited to finally be forced out of my comfort zone again with a piece unlike others I’ve had to write in the past. While finding a message to try and relay might be a little hard at first, I think that given the nature of the assignment and the piece, once I get a message or reason for writing, I’m sure that it’ll end up being a fulfilling assignment, both from a writing perspective, but also to be able to look back and reread the piece later on in life.