Jigsaw Series

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Elena Van Horn, Managing Editor

Elena Van Horn

Program

2nd year at Emerson, Masters in Publishing and Writing

2 adjectives for you:

Thorough
Gentle

3 favorite writers:

Tamora Pierce
Nancy Springer
Shakespeare

What is your favorite part about being on Redivider? How is this position propelling you forward?

I enjoy seeing the process of how a literary journal works firsthand. I like seeing how all the parts work together. I also enjoy working with other people, especially being able to help them.

What keeps you motivated while working in a pandemic? How do you manage?

The pandemic has actually helped me slow down a lot. I go outside and take walks more often. I think that’s part of how I have been coping. But it’s also something I want to continue to do when the pandemic ends. Because of it, I have been paying more attention to the little things I can do to take care of myself. Taking short breaks. Taking a shower when I’m stressed. Learning how to do all these small points of self-care has been really valuable to me.

4 sources of inspiration:

  • My religion. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The standards of my church mean a lot to me. It affects everything I do, how I treat other people, my ability to endure, and my love of life.
  • My friends. They really are an inspiration every day. They make me laugh, come up with brilliant ideas, and inspire me to try new things that I never would have done on my own.
  • Nature. The more time I spend outside, the more I realize what an amazing world we live in and how complex it is. Things as simple as the leaves changing in the fall are amazing processes that I think are really cool.
  • People. I find psychology fascinating. The complexities of why people do what they do and the relationships two people can build together are really interesting.

5 things you can’t live without:

My Scriptures
Lots of Sleep
My Friends
Daily Showers
Writing Implements

What advice would you give to a young or emerging writer?

Find a writer you admire and try to mimic them in your writing. You don’t necessarily need to become them, but by watching how a good writer writes, you can learn how to do the things they do. Also, practice. Practice, practice, practice. There’s nothing that can replace hands-on experience. It will help you develop your voice and style.