Hi everyone! As a writer, many of my pieces in college have been research papers. Although I have written a few short stories and personal narratives, I didn’t really get the chance to work on those styles as much. For this repurposing assignment, it is my goal to take one of my academic works and transform it into something more relaxed yet enlightening.
In my ASIAN 255 class, I wrote a paper about goddesses in Mahayana Buddhism. I mainly discussed the origin stories of these divine beings and their personalities. This piece required research on some traditional stories, so there are several excerpts from them as well as quotes from academic sources. While the paper flows well and has a strong introduction and conclusion, I don’t think anyone would really read it for pleasure.
I plan to change this piece significantly. Since the original was non-fiction and explored a variety of primary and secondary sources, I would like to lose this structure completely. I have wondered about how the goddesses would interact with each other, and so I have been thinking of writing a discussion circle dialogue. It could be a scene from a play, where the goddesses meet up at a coffee shop or someone’s home and have an interesting conversation. As these goddesses have been present for centuries, I wanted them to talk about something from the future which they don’t understand. Since there are a lot of jokes centered around “today’s generation,” I was considering making this the main topic of discussion.
I would like to repurpose the paper in this format because I want to make it more fun to read. I will probably have to add more goddesses that we learned about in the class so this dialogue can be more diverse, but I still intend to retain all of the beings’ characteristics. I hope this piece can become an entertaining twist on complaining about young people in the present while still remaining informative about historical goddesses in Buddhism.