There are numerous forms of arts and each and everyone is unique for itself. Depicting your emotions and thoughts through writing is something that a lot of love to do, and various great books have been written as a result. Now, among different genres of writing few can be as enchanting and diverse as a fairy tale writing. Though when we think of fairy tales, we usually think about stories for kids it doesn’t have to be and a good fairy tale is a thing suitable for people of all age.
Now, if you have written for a few years and want to try out yourself by writing your own fairy tale there are a few things you should know before starting off. And the first thing you should decide on is if you will be writing a whole new story or just rewriting an existing fairy tale with a different setting and revised characters.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at the tips on writing a fairy tale!
What You Should Know When Writing A Fairy Tale
1. As mentioned above the first thing you should decide on is whether you will be writing a unique story or retelling an existing one. If you go for the latter option, there are a few things you should know. First of all, you should choose an existing story that seems suitable and attractive for modern times. Along with that, you can choose different perspective than the one existing in that fairy tale, for example, telling the story from a perspective of a character that isn’t as major.
Also, you should be changing the setting – so instead of the story being set in the 1800s to adapt it to modern times. The characters should be revised as well, and it would be cool if you would expand the main story as well – the more plot there is the more interesting it becomes. Before you go and try to retell a fairy tale yourself, you should read some existing retellings to get a good grip of it.
2. If on the other hand, you want to write your own fairy tale we support you, and it isn’t as hard as some might think. A good example of a modern fairy tale writer is Jack O’Lantern so you can go ahead and check his work out. First and foremost when writing a unique fairy tale, you should find a unique perspective to tell it from focusing on one or few morals of the story. The setting should be specific as well and you can either put it in modern times or be a little adventurous and write a futuristic fairy tale.
One of the most important things in a fairy tale is to have a good and enchanting opening, that will include the story about a major hero or a heroine who will be present throughout your fairy tale. Of course, when there is a hero or a heroine, there should be a villain as well to focus on one and give him/her unique traits and characteristics. Along with that, it is really important that your fairy tale is written in simple and understandable language as that way it will be accessible to people no matter the age. Last but not least you should always end your fairy tale with a strong moral to the story.Img source: sciencemag.org
3. Once you have written your fairy tale, you should read it out loud to you and your friends and see how they like it. Revise it, correct grammar/spelling mistakes and you are set to go!
As you can see writing a fairy tale doesn’t have to be hard at all and it depends on your creativity and readiness to put in effort and time. Before starting off go ahead and read some of the modern, unique fairy tales or retellings and get a feel on how one should look like. Good luck!