{EXAMPLE} Creating a hero story

This is an example of a hero story.  It has all the elements to build a compelling and engaging story to capture the attention of the media, which it did.

This story can also be turned in to a blog (see below).

Media release

Forest Lake resident and disability support worker Lisa Constantine has had some tough choices to make in her life … especially how she was going to live life after surviving an horrific car accident 20 years ago.

Like all victors after adversity, Lisa chose to take the path of optimism, taking good from the bad. She is now focused on sharing the lessons she learnt through her recovery with others through her book A Simple Drive Home.

“I wanted my story to not be one of ‘poor me’ or negativity. I really wanted to make sure what I had been through was more than something awful.” Lisa said. “My story is terrible. To leave home to go about my day and to be then be cut out of my car after a P plater crashed into me was not how I saw my life going.

“I was newly married, we had built our new home and were talking about how many children we would have.”

That all changed in an instant, snowballing into years of of rehab, physio and the breakdown of her marriage. Lisa said she knew is she wanted to move out of feeling sorry for herself, she had to change the way she looked at the accident. “I need to turn it into something positive,” she said. “So I started to write my story.

“My story started on bits of napkins as a way of getting the story out of my head.  I then realised I needed help so I did and my book came to life.

“Twenty years ago, I could never have imagined I would write a book.  I was just an ordinary person.  Now I have a book and have asked to speak at school and networking events.

Over the past 12 months, she put pen to paper to tell her story of survival and triumph over something that could have crushed her. Her debut book A Simple Drive Home is a raw and honest look at how she recovered after the accident and is a testimony to the power of positive thinking.

Lisa’s book shares her journey from the car accident, through her marriage breakdown and rehab. “It would have been easy to write it as a sad story but I wanted it have humour in it and a theme of positivity,” she said.

“There have been many time I just wanted to curl up in a ball and even today, my injuries still make life challenging but life is what you make of it.  You can have horrible things happen to you. Yet we all have choices … we choose how we respond to those horrible things.”

Now working as a disability care worker, Lisa brings to her role, and to all those who meet her, compassion, empathy and a loving spirit that understands what it means to be down … but not out.

 Blog version

Sometimes you have to make tough choices in your life. For some it is moving cities, leaving a partner, starting a new business or dropping friends who do not serve you.

For Lisa Constantine, it was how she was going to live life after surviving an horrific car accident 20 years ago. 

Like all victors after adversity, Lisa chose to take the path of optimism, taking good from the bad. She is now focused on sharing the lessons she learnt through her recovery with others through her book A Simple Drive Home. 

She never wanted her story to not be one of ‘poor me’ or negativity. She really wants to make sure what she had been through was more than something awful. Her story is terrible. To leave home to go about her day and to be then be cut out of her car after a P plater crashed into her was not how she saw her life going. 

Newly married, a new home and conversations about how many children they’d have was her world.  That all changed in an instant, snowballing into years of rehab, physio and the breakdown of her marriage.

Lisa knew she wanted to move out of feeling sorry for herself, she had to change the way she looked at the accident and she did this by writing her story.  It started on bits of napkins as a way of getting the story out of her head.  Then she realised she needed help to bring her book came to life. 

Twenty years ago, she could never have imagined she would write a book.  She was just an ordinary person.  Now she has a book and have asked to speak at school and networking events. 

Her debut book A Simple Drive Home is a raw and honest look at how she recovered after the accident and is a testimony to the power of positive thinking.

While there were many times she wanted to curl up in a ball and even today, her injuries still make life challenging but she believes life is what you make of it.  You can have horrible things happen to you. Yet we all have choices … we choose how we respond to those horrible things.

Now working as a disability care worker, Lisa brings to her role, and to all those who meet her, compassion, empathy and a loving spirit that understands what it means to be down … but not out.

 

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