Be Green: How to Recycle Your Work

Initially, strategically writing with intent for recomposition can be an intimidating task that seems almost impossible. For example, how am I supposed to know how somebody else will want to use my work? However, there are a few things that can be done in order to facilitate recomposition in a way the writer will approve.

First off, recomposition is only possible when somebody is so inspired by your work, that they would like to put their own spin on it. The writer needs to provoke his/her audience. If the work is too boring or too ineffective there is a zero percent change it will be recomposed.

Next, the piece must have the ability to be easily reused. The work must not be so complex, that it cannot be put into a different genre. For example, if you a writing a white paper, many things need to be thoroughly explained before the final conclusion is drawn. This type of work will be extremely difficult to transfer into a brochure where the space is extremely limited. If you are writing with the intent for somebody else to repurpose your work, it is a good idea to keep things simple. Your repurposed work will only be less complex than the original.

One important thing I took away from the reading states, “Remix is how we as humans live and everyone within our society engages in this act of creativity.” This is an interesting point that suggests that essentially everything we are doing has already been done; we are only remixing it. To some extent, this is true. All of our work, especially as students, that we are doing is based on research that other people have already conducted.

In order to apply this to our Writing for the Public pieces, I think it would be beneficial to have some main points that are short, sweet, and to the point. These points, if possible, should not need much explanation. It would be easiest for these points to be able to stand alone if the intent is for recomposition.