Words with a writer

Writers create entire worlds, pulling ideas from their heads and putting them down on paper for anyone who picks it up to read. This is the beginning of a cycle, writers beget readers become writers and so on and so on. Lots of things can be taught, but creating an entire world out of nothing but words pulled from thin air, that takes a lot of talent, like that found in Ryan Hauger, ’19.

Hauger,’19, got his start in writing when he was in the fifth grade. The age when you’re told you’re too old to run around with toy swords in the backyard with your next door neighbor and his dog, pretending to be pirates. With a teacher who gave him time in class and a mind full of stories that could no longer be acted out, Hauger,’19, put a pen to paper and began writing.

Inspired by authors such as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams with stories such as Slaughterhouse-Five and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hauger,’19, tends towards science fiction and fantasy writing, allowing the bands that reality places on anything to dissolve into a world of pure imagination that he created himself, pulled directly from his own head.

Writing takes time, more than is just allowed by a teacher, so to keep his skills sharp, Hauger,19, tries to write at least once a week, using a computer he built himself named Reynaldo. He graduated from using pen and paper to keys and a screen as soon as he could, because pen and paper writing is slow and because he has, by his own admission, atrocious handwriting, which makes no difference when typing on a computer.

Writing is complex and time-consuming, but it can also be one of the most rewarding things in the world, creating your own universe and sharing it with others. Young people often see writing as something that is boring, only done for school, when you’re forced to write. But people like Hauger,’19, are the ones who will continue writing, becoming the inspiration for the backyard pirates of the next generation.

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