Story by Anjali McDaniel
Writing is an essential key for a successful life because it has opened the eyes and hearts of many people who have needed to express themselves or help others feel free to express themselves. It has become a great part of our lives.
“I think that young people are losing touch with writing because of social media, like the kind of like the deeper types of writing,” English teacher Kathy Lott said.
Social media has also became a big part of our lives. It has changed our ways of life forever. Some people say that physical writing is dying now and that there is no need for it, but there are still people who realize how important this style of writing is.
“Yeah [writing is important], because anything you do, you have to write. Knowing how to write is a big key thing for life,” senior U’cosha Elmore said.
Dutch Fork High School was very lucky to have an author, Fracaswell, or as his friends called him, Cas Hyman, attend for a day to talk with students about his new book, Mango Delight, which he just recently published. Hyman also talked about the importance of writing for young people and how it influences the young mind to flourish and grow.
“You know, I think it’s important for people of all different kinds of careers to come and speak to young people and give you the idea of that you can do that too,” Hyman said. “There’s movie directors, writers, dancers, makers, policeman, and it’s important that they share ideas that kids can say, ‘yeah, that’s possible, if I like that, I can do it too.’ So that’s why I wanted to come here.”
Hyman believes that ideas and dreams should be shared with students, so that the students would be able to start believing in themselves and become something great. When he couldn’t communicate to them, he wrote the message in his stories. Every writer has a defining moment that sparks an idea for them to become a writer. It can be any event as small as a paper cut to as big as a death or tragic event to help them kick off their writing careers. Hyman remembered his first writing experience fondly and shared it with the students eager to learn more about him.
“This might be too much for you, but one night I was in bed and I heard a gong and I don’t know where it came from and I woke up, and I was wide awake, and I turned on the television and there was a documentary on PBS about the people who worked on the trainlines in the 50’s and 60’s and the documentary was amazing,” Hyman said.
“The next day I got a call from my agent who said, ‘They’re doing a movie about it, and they want you to come in audition.’ I read the whole script and it was a movie that would be starring Harrison Ford and it didn’t focus on what I liked, so I didn’t even want to audition anymore.” Hyman said, “I told my agent about it and that’s when she said, ‘Then why don’t you write about it, honey?’ and that’s when I really started thinking about writing.”
Hyman was lucky to have started writing as a living. He found something he loved and took it over as a job. Many think that writing is not essential for life and don’t care for it.
“It hurts my hand and it’s boring,” freshman Kayla Ward said.
Even though non-writers can use this an argument for why they don’t write, there are many other reasons for why they don’t like to write, such as a lack of creativity.
“I hate writing because it’s really hard and I’m not really creative,” sophomore Jackson King said.
Some writings are seen as boring or difficult because students can’t find what types of writing they are interested in. Many give up on writing rather than exploring their options. Finding beneficial writings may help students gain interests in the field.
“Books and reading a lot of thick books, autobiographies, and newspapers from sixty to seventy years ago are good writings [to me],” junior Haley Manning said.
Writing can be seen as very difficult and hard. Some students struggle with it everyday, while others excel in it without a problem. Hyman has a solution for those who struggle with writing. He advises them to read and learn more, so that students can write about what they know and love.
“Read, read, read,” Hyman said. “Find out what you like to read and find out what you like that you would want to write about.”