My daughter Jessi has always been a creative person, in all of the best senses of the word. One of her biggest strengths is her willingness to show vulnerability in her work, whether the medium is painting, writing, performing, or making videos.
When I took the National Writing Project grad class, that was one of the biggest lessons I learned - good writing is like "opening a vein" (original source in dispute). You have to be willing to share your authentic self.
About 5 years ago, at age 19, my daughter made this "People Project" video. I loved it then and have loved it since. It inspires me. It makes me proud. It makes me think, and it makes me want to be better at "making." And it is her, authentically.
In the spirit of #CLMOOC, I wanted to use Jessi's video as the basis for my Hacking Your Writing project. This was daunting. I was confident that I could not
For my first attempt to hack her work, I used WeVideo. I approached it with the intent that I would not obsess over trying to make it look perfect. In the past, I would have
+Terry Elliot and his #flailer ideas made me really wonder - had I really hacked her video?
So - I hacked my hack. And this time, it felt like it was
Why, for me, did version 2 feel more like hacking? It was nonlinear, and I had less control over the content (which for me, as a perfectionist, is subversive), and there was a randomness about it which I loved but would never have come up with on my own. The message and intent were
Which version did you like better? Was either one a "hack"? What do you think?
Through this, I rediscovered the beauty of hacking: that your end product is something that could never have existed without its original source. SO - the better the source, the better the potential hack? Another question to think about!
Thanks to everyone for the inspiration! #butstillflailing