By Natalie Stephens
“Poston butte’s awesome library” - Taken by Natalie .S.
You're only limited by your imagination. There are some great young minds out there, and in the writing world there’s so many different genres to choose from when writing.
I know many talented students at Poston Butte and several great writers. I was given the chance to interview Benjamin Turner, Senior, and Zach Doucette, Junior, are both talented young writers. English teacher Mrs. Esquer is a published author and also has advice for young writers.
Many writers also read similar genres they write about. Benjamin said, “The thing that got me into writing was reading books and thinking to myself, ‘it would be fun to write books.’”
Mrs. Esquer said, “The more you read the more you tend to write; that’s been my experience.”
So the trick is just to write what you like. Zach said he enjoys writing action fantasy, western. He said, “I want to write stories that has a lot of imagery so the readers can picture them maybe as movies or shows that has really strong characters.”
Writing is an amazing way to express yourself. But we can all say when it comes to writing, it can also be difficult.
Many issues can prevent you from writing such as just getting started, staying focused, and staying on point. Zach said, “It’s hard to stay focused writing sometimes it takes months to finish a chapter.” Another problem is writer's block,
Mrs. Esquer said, “Read books in the same genre that you like to write; that way it can help you get back in that flow”.
Some other things you can do is take a minute to yourself, you can listen to music and just take a breather.
Writing can give you so many opportunities, Mrs. Esquer said, “With being a young writer one of the hardest things would have to be getting that agent, you might get 100 rejections before you get that one yes. ”
Mrs. Esquer recommends the web site www.writersdigest.com. It has everything on it to help you get that great start.
So for young people that like to write, keep it up! Even if it gets hard you just need to have the passion and patience and try your best.
By: Natalie Stephens
“2nd hour AP and Honors Art”(Photo by Natalie Stephens)
When enough time and effort is put into something, anything is possible. Miss. Jones, (one of the art teachers at Poston Butte) has an amazing quote that’s in her class, by Pablo Picasso: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them as an artist.”
Miss. Jones is a very fun, energetic teacher and she teaches a little bit of everything like General Art, Art 1,2,3,4 and AP Studio Art. She really enjoys the higher up art classes where students finding their particular style and voice in art. Miss. Jones is there to help them with that, and with the different classes, you can tell the difference in independence and level of commitment; there's more of a passion.
Not many people are into art, Miss. Jones said, “With lower level classes the students are usually there for the credits or they’re sorta interested in art, but then usually people get frustrated and at that point they just give up or if they have the passion to continue to be frustrated and work through it.” And many people do give up because the lower level classes usually have more criteria that they need to meet, learning the elements and the principles of design, and their learning the rules of making an artwork. Then when you get to higher level art you're able to break the rules you can pick and choose what you need to be able to show what your message is.
Nathan Skeels, a senior, is currently in AP Art and really enjoys it it’s helped him progress and go beyond his limits, to do better and make his way up in the art world . Since he’s been in AP Art he’s been able to grow and learn more in the art world. For Nathan it can be difficult at times because of time crunches and getting all the details in. In AP Art he said because you know your elements of art, you're able to get out of your comfort zone, you explore new areas in art, and you can break the rules. It helps you do better and do more.
Another senior at poston butte is Jana Martin and is in Art 4 ( Honors Art ). Jana’s love for art is very strong because when she’s older she wants to go into interior design. She really likes Art 4 because they get to do concentration which is like a set topic and you do a series of pictures that go with that topic, and it’s all in how you want to do it. Here and there it can be difficult coming up with original ideas, but that's the fun in art.
Jana really enjoys being in the higher up art class because their given more freedom than other art classes, and she's able to do what she wants. Being in Art 4 has helped her pick up speed when completing pieces and has helped her learn more things that can help her with her dream job.
A saying that can be used for almost anything is “practice makes perfect” and with AP and Honors Art, it really is true, and more people should give it a chance because it can really open up your mind and you can learn to bend the rules of art and be able to create something that can inspire people.