It was definitely nice to have some time in class today to sit back and think about my re-purposing project. Outside of the Writing 220 classroom, I feel a thousand distractions pulling me a hundred different ways, but inside today was quite calm as I sat there in front of my laptop while Jack Johnson Pandora played in the background. I am beginning to think that I need to find myself a place on campus that I can designate as my “writing space”, a place that I do not associate with my other school work and concerns. Perhaps there I can find peace.
As I have learned with any research paper I have ever written, the research part is a crucial first step. Unlike my original piece that I am modeling this one off of, I cannot just begin writing and pull from my own thoughts and experiences as I go. No, I realized today as I looked around at everyone else beginning their shitty first drafts that I was still a ways off from that. Instead, I began the next best thing: an outline. I currently do research on campus in which I am in the process of also writing a research paper, so luckily I feel confident that I will know the steps that I need to take to make an outline and turn it into a full piece.
This first draft is due the 15th, correct? That gives me 10 days to conduct my research, plan my thoughts, and get it all out into a draft that may or may not be absolute shit. This means that I cannot get too caught up in the “research” part of my research paper, something that I have been prone to doing in the past. I’m hoping to finish collecting all of my multimodal sources within the next week and have a plan for how I would like to use all of them, and then that will give me roughly 4 days to get that first draft out.
I guess my biggest fear at this point is that I will really delve into my research, and I will find that I cannot make of it what my vision has been all along. By that point, I’m not sure if it will be too late to change the way I re-purpose the document. The hardest part with all of this is that so much of my final work is going to be based off of previous work that I have not found yet, more so than the piece that I am actually re-purposing.
Anyways, at this point I have my fingers crossed that my vision will be able to come to life. Either way, I look forward to having something to show Shelley and talk about. I’m ready for this project to be underway.