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  So You Want to Write a Fairy Tale? (Doll Article)

(September 11, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Traditional fairy tales are a spin off of the original folk tales. They were often passed on by telling rather than writing, and were originally created as moral lessons for children. Over time, fairy tales left the more sinister teaching format and became the magical stories we know today. Fairy tales are one of the most entertaining stories to read and write because the magical aspects and characters allow anything to happen.

If you are looking to try your hand at a fairy tale, you’re in for a treat. Disney doesn’t have anything on your magical princesses and mermaids. Tinkerbell isn’t the only pixie around. Be sure to include the following elements and you’ll have a fairy tale worthy of its own picture book. In fact, if you use dolls from the Doll Palace to illustrate your story and mention the Doll Palace in your text, you can include it in our contest.

Begin and End Correctly

About 99.9% of fairy tales start with “Once upon a time,” and end with, “And they lived happily ever after.” The exact origins of these phrases are unknown, but if your story wants to look the part, it should probably include these phrases or very close approximations of them.

Good Character

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If your English teacher were here, she would tell you to be sure to include a strong protagonist. But, we’re not your English teacher, so we’ll just remind you to include a good guy or girl. Here is your chance to reveal your pixie or singing mermaid. Maybe your princess has magical powers or is exceptionally beautiful. You decide – that’s the best part! Pick a princess or fairy here at the Doll Palace to use as inspiration for your story.


Evil Character

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Okay, so be sure and offset your protagonist with an antagonist. I’m sure your teacher is now satisfied, and we can tell you what we really mean. Make a bad guy. Simply said, a story about a beautiful princess is boring unless there is a horrible witch or dragon doing something terrible. Evil stepmothers are rather cliché at this point, but there are tons of other wicked characters you can include. Be creative – we have plenty of bad girls to create for illustrations or ideas.


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Royalty and/or a castle

Setting is important. The majority of fairy tales are set among royalty or in a palace. There really is something magical about castles and royals; otherwise little girls wouldn’t all grow up wanting to be the princess!


Magic

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The true essence of a fairy tale comes in the pixie dust and magic wands. Clever songs about magical words are optional, but some sort of magic should be present. The magic can be good or bad, or maybe even both. The main character can have magical abilities or perhaps be the victim of some sort of bad spell. It’s up to you.


Problem and Solution

Plot is that little something that drives a story. You have to make your characters do something. The best choice is to have some sort of problem pop up, and then have the protagonist (Look! Extra credit!) solve the problem. Maybe the magic you added is the answer or a handsome prince enters the equation, but regardless, you must have a problem and solution. Otherwise, you just have descriptions, and that isn’t a story.

Three or Seven

Like magic, fairy tales wouldn’t be the same without special numbers like three and seven. There were seven dwarves, three fairy godmothers, seven mermaid sisters and three little pigs. Three wishes or tests are very common, too. Find a way to work in three or seven of something and you’ll be set.


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slimmmeiske

22/Female
Belgium
Posted On: February 18, 2008
I'm writing a fairytale named "The Princess without a name". But it isn't done yet. Oh well...
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NinjaChick11

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: December 23, 2007
I'm writing a spinoff of the little mermaid, called Heart of the Aqua Mermaid. I'll post it when I'm done
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lollypop963549

16/Female
Davie, FL
Posted On: September 17, 2007
I think I should make that kind of fairy tale.
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Chubbi_Buni

22/Female
Madisonville, KY
Posted On: April 15, 2007
I like fariy tales but mine would some how turn out weird!
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Siblingrivelry

22/Female
TX
Posted On: January 15, 2007
:kiss 2: :spank : fairytale's rock
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wolfgirl562

26/Female
Cambridge, MN
Posted On: October 22, 2006
i left some parts out but if ya really want to read the whole story leave a message on my pro(i won't be on at all today or tomorrow morning because im gonna go to hot topic and after go see grudge 2 or what ever its called ok )but leave a message on my pro if ya do

byez
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wolfgirl562

26/Female
Cambridge, MN
Posted On: October 22, 2006
i can right farie tale just watch me
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notavirgobut14

22/Female
Chaska, MN
Posted On: September 23, 2006
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Haylin_Air

21/Female
Goodyear, AZ
Posted On: September 18, 2006
ok can i write one and how doll mail mme if you can
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SilverLily22

25/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: September 18, 2006
Well, this is a very good generalization about fairy tales. But you left out a lot of important details about just writing any kind of story. Maybe you should write an article about that. It would help a lot of people.
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