Pencils Instead of Fists

by Sana Hameed, Age 13, USA


Writing can turn emotion into influence.

Thomas Paine, a writer from the time of the American Revolution, used his literary expertise to inspire Americans to take action against the British. That one piece of writing was motivational, the extra push, and proving that the written word was just as powerful as actions like The Boston Tea Party.

So when someone told me to use my fists rather than my pencil because my pencil couldn’t affect anyone the way his knuckles could impact somebody’s face, my anger bubbled. I spilled my guts onto paper and worked hard at becoming a better author.

“Wrestlers and boxers are famous for being strong, what will you be famous for?” he would ask later on.

“I’ll be famous for making a difference in someone’s life,” I responded as I signed my name on a letter I had written to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Strength isn’t just about bulky muscles and a life time membership at a gym. Strength ties in with writing, having a purpose, and using that purpose to help others rise from where they have fallen. The survivors of Sandy and the American revolutionaries are one and the same. Both can be influenced by a strong writer. In the past, that writer was Thomas Paine. In the future, I hope that writer will be me.


Sana Hameed is a 13 year old American writer. She has loved writing fiction from a young age and wants to someday have a book published.

Sana Hameed

About Sana Hameed

Sana fell in love with writing creative fiction in first grade and has over time developed an interest in other areas such as poetry and nonfiction. She enjoys writing short works competitively to hone her abilities as well as working on her own fantasy novel. In her free time, Sana loves volunteering regularly, doing Tae Kwon Do, and spending time with her friends and family.

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