NaNoWriMo 2012

Well, now I can safely say that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012 is right around the corner—as in, it begins a week from tomorrow. Yikes.

I decided approximately a week ago that it would be a really fantastic idea to start writing a week before the actual NaNoWriMo begins—to get my feet wet, so to speak. To get me in the mindset. Obviously, it is sort of “cheating,” since some the writing COULD eventually be recycled into the actual story I create… but honestly, I feel that’s part of the writing process: recycling, and never knowing when you’re going to recycle.

More importantly, I’ve finally come up with a steadfast topic that will, both, relate to something I personally care about RIGHT NOW (the connections between literature and visual arts) and could be re-purposed as a hybrid in the future…which I’ve long had a dream of creating anyway!

Here’s the gist: the Unfamiliar Genre Project is the new hot-button project in many high schools and, now, introductory college courses (or even some lower upper-level college courses). Essentially the students are exposed to a wide variety of genres in a relatively short amount of time, with two ending goals: first, to teach the students enough about the discernment between genres so that the student can later autonomously explore a new genre without immediately relying on academic writing; and two, to create a project in an unfamiliar genre (or to take a previous assignment, such as a paper, and recreate it in that genre).

So how does this relate to my story? Wellllll, long story short, I am hopelessly interested in genre, the exploration of many genres, and the transformation from one genre to another. So when I found out this “project” existed, I was ecstatic.

For the book, I want to write from a high school girl’s point of view who writes in her journal about day-to-day things, about the project, about her process… which will lead to writing in more than one genre and invites contemporary references, such as films, essays, other books, the works.

This could either be really beautiful or really terrible. I doubt there is any extreme in between.

If any of you have any suggestions, ideas, inquiries… please feel free to comment or otherwise contact me. I’d really appreciate feedback before the game starts.

And, of course, here is Bob the Potato, returning from last year:


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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