How to Write a Fairy Tale
Fairy tales are some of the most famous stories in the world. Everyone knows the tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many others. Fairy tales usually involve magic, a hero and a villain, and an eventual triumph of good over evil. They typically start with the lines, “Once upon a time,” or “A long time ago,” or “Once, there was a”. After writing down one of these lines, the first thing you need to do is design your hero. Some examples of fairytale heroes and heroines are Aladdin, Snow White, and Goldilocks. These characters are usually kind and humble. Make sure that you describe your character, including their physical appearance, their personality, and their back story. For instance, Snow White had hair as black as ebony, skin as white as milk, and lips as red as blood. She lived with her evil Stepmother, the Queen, in a castle.
Next, you need a villain. The villain must have a reason for wanting to hurt your main character. For example, Snow White’s Stepmother wants to give her a poisoned apple because she is jealous of Snow White’s beauty and wants to be the fairest in the land. The Big Bad Wolf wants to eat Little Red Riding Hood. Make sure that you give a detailed description of your villain and their motives.
Then your story needs a setting. Does it take place in land covered in snow, like in Frozen? Does it take place in a dark forest, like Hansel and Gretel? Or does it take place in a castle, like Sleeping Beauty?
Think about the magical elements of your story. Are there talking animals or mythical creatures in your fantasy world? Are either your hero or your villain capable of performing magic? Some examples of magical elements in classic fairy tales are the magic beans, giants, the land above the clouds, and the goose that lays gold eggs in Jack and the Beanstalk. An example of a talking animal is Puss and Boots.
Now that you have all the ingredients, it’s time to write the recipe! What is your plot? How does your hero travel through your setting, interact with magical elements, and finally defeat the villain? What is your story’s “happily ever after?”
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