This is a second attempt at a proposal for my repurposing, because I am indecisive as heck when it comes to my writing. After thinking about it, I have decided to change the focus and the form of my repurposing piece entirely.
Last semester, I wrote a piece for the Michigan Daily entitled “Finding Structure in the Stylebook” all about my existential crisis in college about my lack of creativity and the ability of working at the copy desk to allow me to have a part to play in the creative process. I wrote about how the structure of the stylebook, in its 65 page glory, was comforting to me because I function best under rules and guidelines. I really enjoyed writing that piece and the truths about myself that it was able to reveal, but I think the genre of a newspaper environment limited how truthful I was able to be and how much I could play with the form. It can be found here, if anyone is interested.
For my repurposing, I would like to create my own Stylebook, personal to me. For the paper, the Stylebook governs what is said and how it is said, and I think it would be a challenge to take my anxieties about creativity, the creative process, and writing in general and channel them into, quite literally, writing my own rules. Sort of a guidebook/rulebook-style piece for those in college who, like me, have found their talents not quite panning out the way they thought thing would. The Stylebook also functions as a definition of terms and their uses, something I think would be interesting to explore in my own life. I think this new genre would allow me to, kind of paradoxically, express the ideas of creativity (or lack thereof) inclusion in the creative process with more freedom, while also having that structure that I spoke of craving in the original piece.
Thanks for reading a second post on this topic from me (I promise it’s the last one). Any and all feedback would be much appreciated!