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The Joy of Writing

Join Skyler Daubendiek in her enjoyment of the written word
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Pictured: Skyler Daubendiek

Skyler Daubendiek (12), a new staff member of Pilot at LHS, has a passion for writing. Daubendiek is sure to be right at home in the publications room. Daubendiek prefers writing over reading.
“I can’t sit there for long periods of time reading small text; it just feels like it keeps going,” Daubendiek said.
Despite her adoration for writing, she dislikes reading due to certain writing styles.
Daubendiek stated, “People always say ‘show don’t tell’ when you are describing someone’s emotions but if you show instead of tell on everything in a story, it is really frustrating to read.”
Although she has a distaste for reading, she has quite the opposite feeling about writing, “If I am writing my own story I know… I am going to like the plot because I made it like the writing style is going to be something that I am compatible with reading or enjoy and, ultimately, I can make it whatever I want to,” she said.
Despite Daubendiek’s distaste for reading, she tends to find inspiration from certain books. Still, she would much rather be writing her own stories with no restraint over the plot or characters.
“You get a certain freedom in having it end the way you want it to, having control over that story,” Daubendiek explained.
Daubendiek likes writing all types of stories but finds the most joy in the fiction genre.
“I love fiction because I love people as a whole. People are so three-dimensional, we have all of these layers to us, and being able to write a character that encompasses the human condition is always so interesting to me. To be able to say this person went through this specific event, and this is how it affected them and changed them as a person throughout the rest of their life and added up to this specific moment,” Daubendiek said.
With this being her last year at LHS, we hope Daubendiek will help give life to Pilot this school year.

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