How To: Create A Fairytale-Part Two

In the last post, we created our two main characters: the hero and the villain.  We also decided on the moral of our fairy tale and started thinking of how we wanted our hero to learn that lesson.  Now, let’s create the world they live in!

In a land far, far away…

Every character needs a place to live, right?  So, let’s talk about settings.   Settings are the places where all the good stuff happens, it’s the world you create with your imagination.  What does your world look like?  Are there talking animals and talking trees?  Perhaps your city is up in the clouds instead of the ground, or even underwater?   This is where you can really let your imagination go wild.   For example, in Peter Pan, the setting is in Neverland, where there are fairies and pirates and where no one ever grows up.   Alice in Wonderland is another good example of a setting because Wonderland was full of interesting creatures and places for Alice to go on her journey.

Now, let’s think about how your characters fit in the setting.  Where do your characters live?  Do they live in a big city, a small village, or out in the woods by themselves?   What do they like to do?  Maybe your hero is a princess who likes archery or a bear that loves to sing and dance!    

For the last part of creating our setting, let’s talk about magic.  A lot of fairy tales have magic, whether it’s a curse that the villain puts on the hero, an enchanted forest, or a magical charm that the hero uses.  What kind of magic will exist in your world? Now, this doesn’t mean that your story has to have magic, of course.  You could choose to write a world in which magic doesn’t exist at all. It’s all up to you!

 

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