Rewriting the Wrongs

Bleeding pen to paper, my hand glides across the page in swirly loops that form words that take on a life of their own. Words become sentences, and sentences, paragraphs. These paragraphs become pages. One page, two pages, five pages later – my experience is exhaled onto paper, and I feel this rush of excitement and nostalgia that washes over me.


Ladies and gentlemen of the Everyday Ambassador community, my narrative writing block is over, and for the first time in nearly five years, I’ve written a story.

Working in the social impact community, I interact with stories everyday – stories of change, of human connection, of loss, and of even return on investment. Stories have the power to offer us the perspectives of others, perspectives that make us cry or experience many other emotions, and teach us powerful lessons that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to relate to in our everyday lives. In fact, we feature tales like this every single day on Everyday Ambassador – of resilience, of compassion, of determination, and of opportunity, and it should come to no surprise.

While the tales we feature are true, you can still achieve the same effect through fiction. For this edition of Bucket List, we encourage you to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. According to the organization’s website, at the beginning of November, “participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

If you’re a writer yourself, join the movement, and see if you can incorporate a social twist to your plot!

Are there some universal lessons that the main character learns?
Can we learn from his or her journey?

Need a bit of inspiration? Read more on how the novel can be used as a tool for social change, and take a look at some of the most popular novels that feature a social issue.

Not a writer yourself but still looking to incorporate positive storytelling into your own work? Check out our best practices from last year’s Transformational Media Summit.

“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador Brand Strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

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