Step 1: Define the Theme
What is the main idea of your story? Decide what lesson your fairy tale is going to teach before your write it. Most fairy tales have an overarching message, such as “never give up on your dreams” or “listen to your heart.” If your overall story contains a theme like this, it can be meaningful and fun!
Step 2: Pick Characters
Who will be in your story? Your fairy tale should include these three different types of characters.
The Heroine – Make up a “good” character, someone that you like. She doesn’t have to be perfect, because that could make her a bit boring. Give your readers someone to root for.
The Sidekicks – Everyone needs friends, including your heroine. All the best fairy tales have animal sidekicks who help the heroine along the way, so be sure to create one or two for yours.
The Villain – The villain is someone who causes unhappiness or gets in the way of your heroine, often with special powers that they use against your heroine and her sidekicks.
Step 3 – Set the Stage
Where and when will your story take place? Use your imagination to dream up the world where your fairy tale will happen. Think of all the places, surroundings, and iconic items within them that will set the scene for your story.
Step 4 – Add a little magic
What would a fairy tale be without a little magic? Magic is what makes fairy tales special and different from other types of stories. Add a touch of magic to help your heroine. It could be a magical person, such as Cinderella’s fairy godmother, or something else like Rapunzel’s healing hair. You can create anything you like!
Step 5 – The goal and the obstacles
What is the goal for your heroine? For Ariel, it was to explore the human world. For Rapunzel, it was to see the glowing lanterns and find out if they were somehow meant for her. Once you have decided what your heroine’s goal is, you can create the challenges she will encounter along the way. Whatever obstacles you create should be pretty hard to overcome so that a lot of creativity and that bit of magic you just created is really needed to succeed.
Step 6 – Create Happily Ever After
How does your heroine triumph over the obstacles and reach her goal? Happy endings are when the heroine succeeds in overcoming the challenges and the villain loses, in a big way. It’s up to you to decide how. And remember, you can always tell new stories in the next chapters of your fairy tale!