Starting small

Just a bit ago, I Facebooked/Twittered the following status:

“I want to write more, and establish a non-profit, and help people who are hurting, and maybe somehow change the world.”

A few days ago, a tiny inquiry began to roll around in my head. I have started wondering and hoping and praying over the simple question: Do the small things really make a difference?

And then pondering: What if I lived as though the small things made a difference? What if there were small things I did daily that could, somehow, change things…change a person?

So I decided to do something tonight. I decided to take a small step, and write a small blog post, and go from there.

Let’s see if it makes a difference.

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Blogging: I’d love your input

So for a large part of today I have been spending time looking at other blogs online and trying to figure out how I can make mine better.

As you might can tell, I update the look of the page and have changed the name to “Katy’s Little Pencil.” I found the following quote from Mother Teresa and fell in love with it: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” If I could be anything in my life, I think that’s what I would want to be. And I love the fact that He is described as a writing God. He is the greatest Author ever, and if my life could somehow be used as a little pencil in the love letters He still is sending to the world…wow.

I have also considered joining an online community called 20 Something Bloggers. It’d be neat to connect with other bloggers/writers my age.

So what do you think? Should I join the community? How can I change the look of my page? What are things you want to see added to my page? What are some things you’d like to see written about?

I would love and greatly appreciate your input.

Scratch fiction

Encouraged by a friend named Ashley, whom I met on Twitter, I have begun writing attempts again. I discovered a new idea: scratch fiction. The idea is to take a topic (pick one yourself, get a friend to give you one), sit down, and start writing a piece of fiction on it. Take the topic and write a story around it, take the topic as a starting point for the rest of the story, however you want to do it. Then sit and write that story for 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes, stop. Don’t edit, don’t rewrite. That’s your piece of scratch fiction. If you want to come back and write more based off that, that’s fine. But that piece is done at 15 minutes.

I liked this idea. I had never done it before. I used to write short stories; I even started a “trilogy” when I was younger. I used to love writing. But I didn’t seem to have time to develop in depth plots and write out a story. So when I came across this idea, I liked it a lot. I just did my first piece of scratch fiction entitled “Friend Request.” It’s based on a girl who is lonely until one person follows her on Twitter. Nothing major or very good, but it was fun to write.

Just wanted to share that with you. Feel free to read over “Friend Request” on my writing blog, try out scratch fiction yourself, and/or move on to find a more interesting blog post.

Either way, I hope you are having a wonderful day.