The Beginning

I’m the junior managing editor and I’m super excited for this school year. I first heard about Élan at the first arts area meeting my freshmen year, from that moment on I knew I wanted to be a part of the team. When it was time to fill out the course recommendation sheet the summer before junior year, I was ecstatic to pick Élan as my number one choice. Élan is important to me because I’m apart of such a great legacy. I’m honored to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to leave my mark. It’s important for me to be able to help spread the love of creative writing in the community. Community service is important to me. I really enjoy helping others, it warms me up inside. I know that sounds very cliché, but I enjoy helping others, especially with writing.

Often the first thing people say when they hear about Creative Writing is; “I can’t write”. I believe that statement is false. Because everyone can write. Putting together a sentence is technically writing. People believe their first draft must be perfect, which is wrong. First drafts are where you make the most mistakes, where you experiment, where you do too much or too little. There’s no such thing as the perfect first draft and that’s what I love to tell people I enjoy helping others find their creative grounds. So, I’m excited to help young ones write and learn about other styles of writing besides poetry because they don’t know about the others. Most young writers just think of creative writing as writing poetry or fiction. There are different genres inside of each other and they intersect, the possibilities are endless. There’s more than poetry. I also enjoy exploring other people work besides my own and Élan is the perfect place to do so. Not only do I get to read and see some of the art students at my school produced I get to see work from other students outside of my school and around the world. That by itself is mind blowing to me.

I believe being junior managing editor will allow me to step out of my comfort zone and communicate with others. Those who already know me knows communication is not easy for me, so being able to improve my communication skills will really help me in the long run especially because senior year is quickly coming up. Being managing editor will help me with my organization skills. I’m already kind of organized, but that’s commitment will allow me to take my skills to another level.  I believe being on Élan will help me explore my writing style and the genres I love to write, which will ultimately Improve my relationship with writing. Being able to write whatever you want whenever you want is such a blessing that you don’t really get to have your regular art classes, you must do what was assigned and there’s not really much wiggle room. So, I’m excited to explore my personal writing project. I believe this year is about growing a writer.

La’Mirakle Price, Junior Managing Editor