How to dig into your past work, dust it off, add something new to it, and share it in an impactful way.
The Doug Neill Show: Episode #22
Recorded on May 23rd, 2019
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What it Means to Repurpose
0:37 – 3:49
An overview of what it looks like to repurpose your creative work, and the two categories of work to pull from.
- Balancing the creation of new work with the occasional look back at what you’ve done in the past, and how you might use that past work in a new way.
- The two categories of work that you can repurpose: internal (work that you made and shared via your own website or social media accounts) and external (work that you did with/for others, that lives elsewhere).
- With sustainable weekly workflows you can build up the creative material that, over time, you might find ways to repurpose.
Example #1: Being a Podcast Guest
3:49 – 7:54
Pulling clips from my interviews on The George Mihaly Show and The Sketchnote Army Podcast.
- In Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone, I described the experience of participating in a two-and-a-half hour podcast conversation.
- You can hear clips of my conversation from The George Mihaly Show in these three episodes: The Value of Consistent Output, Fine-Tuning Your Workspace, & The Emotional Challenges of Creative Work.
- The two pieces at the core of repurposing creative work: 1) the original work that’s already completed, & 2) adding something to that original work to make it a bit more impactful.
- I also repurposed my conversation with George in these two video episodes: Analog vs Digital Sketchnoting & How I Became A Sketchnote Educator.
- I did something similar after chatting with Mike Rohde on The Sketchnote Army Podcast by creating this video: 3 Tips for New Sketchnoters.
Example #2: Additional Resources
7:54 – 12:22
Adding public videos as additional resources at the end of lessons within a paid course.
- Two pieces to my ongoing work around sketchnoting instruction: free public videos and paid courses.
- The benefit of maintaining a weekly workflow: over time you build up a large body of work that you can pull from!
- As an example, within the resource kit Sketchnoting in the Classroom there’s a lesson on handwritten fonts. At the end of that lesson I include as an additional resource the video How To Improve Your Handwriting.
Example #3: Turning Videos Into Guides
12:22 – 16:31
My plan to weave together a handful of publicly-available videos into guides that focus on a particular aspect or application of sketchnoting.
- I do have one free guide current available for folks new to sketchnoting, but I’m in the process of creating more, using the videos I share here as the core piece to those guides.
- The title of one of the guides I’m working on: Overcome Your Fear of Drawing – a major pain point for some folks learning about sketchnoting.
- I share a bit about my early work on those guides in this episode: Creative Retreat on a Cross-Country Train.
- I like thinking about my weekly work as the creation of building blocks that one day I might be able to combine into a larger structure.
Example #4: Revisiting Old Sketchnotes
16:31 – 21:54
Digging into my archive of sketchnotes to revisit the ideas I captured and see how my sketchnoting process and style have changed over the years.
- The newest example: Revisiting Sarah Kay’s TED Talk.
- In this case I’m digging into my past work at The Graphic Recorder, where I documented the development of my sketchnoting skills.
- Another example, this one in video form – Sketchnote Breakdown: Tips & Techniques.
- Repurposing your work can be an ace in the hole – something to lean on when other work falls through the cracks.
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