My process for the repurposing assignment is like anything else in my life: disorganized and all over the place. I alternate between flashes of inspiration and the feeling that I’ve hit yet another dead-end in a maze.
In class I was split between writing a feature piece, like something published in the The Times, or a personal narrative. Currently, I have this idea to blend the two genres because my running theme is essentially personal vs. politics. When talking about the politics of the Yugoslavian war, I could take on the removed, researched style; then insert my personal story in between.
I have a vague mental blueprint of how this could work. First, by including dates/time periods, I can parallel the executive or legislative actions occurring in the Yugoslavian government with something personal that was happening at the same time. For example, if my family escaped to the refugee camps in the summer of 1996, I can write about that experience as well as what was happening in the government while they were running. However, I’m not sure how to combine these two different bodies of writing in a clever, intertwining way. Are writers even allowed to have multiple voices?
This project will require a ton of research. To start, I think it would be best to find out what was happening each month and year during the war and create a timeline. Then, move on to interviewing family, friends, and other war veterans and compile a similar timeline.
I’d like to use pictures from my old photo albums throughout the piece to incorporate the visual aspect of multimodality. In the Pulitzer Prize feature writings, I noticed the authors post a large attention-grabbing picture before their passage and then scatter pictures with captions throughout. But I’d like to do more with the pictures, like making a virtual photo album or make them more interactive. I haven’t thought about these aspects yet at all.
In short, I kind of feel like that mouse in Who Moved My Cheese that kept running around until he found cheese.