I started "telling stories" as soon as I could talk. I wrote them as soon as I could write. I was the proud owner of My Own Stories, a computer program for kids that let you write and illustrate your own books. I was also raised to be open-minded. To view people as people. Growing up, I learned about racism, sexism, and other "isms" from books, documentaries, and my parents. And this learning influenced my stories.
I spent much of my childhood trying to understand hate. To put myself in the shoes of the mindsets that made no sense to me. I wanted to reach them, get them to see why they were "wrong", and to do that, I had to see why I was "wrong" first. Then I thought about how to change their minds. What made me change my mind on things? I met people with different views. I read up on things. I tried to see it from their side. Even when I didn't agree, I could accept why they felt that way.
Thus began one of my favorite "tricks". My heroes would have the views I didn't understand. The Point of View I considered wrong would be right in the story. Then the hero would meet people that would make them question their views. My hope was that the reader, presumably nodding along and saying "yes, that's right" to themselves would start to get uncomfortable. That they would start to question their beliefs alongside my "hero", just like I did when I met people or learned of other things. I also used animals. I thought it would be easier to make people look in the mirror and understand what they were doing.
Most of these stories were never finished or wrote down. They don't exist anymore. But I still believe to change someone's mind, you have to get past the preconceived mindset. To get past that, you have to start with something the person agrees with/accepts as fact, then trickle in a difference. I believe that is what it takes to create change.
Be the drop of water. Be the ripple in the pond. Change the world.