10 Prompts To Start Writing a Fairy-Tale Retelling

February 16, 2021

Are you a writer? Painter? Jeweler? Fabulous crafter or maker of shawls, cross stitch, or comics?

Then this is for you.

We’re still hard at work on our upcoming folklore and creative writing workbook (it just… keeps growing!) But to tide you over, we wanted to share one of our favorite (and most requested) parts:

Prompts to inspire you to start your own fairy-tale retelling!

The prompts (and the workbook) are geared towards writers, but they can absolutely inspire a fairy-tale retelling in any medium. We’d love to see what you make in watercolor or ceramic or thread just as much as through words. 

There are dozens of prompts and exercises scattered throughout the workbook, but here are 10 of our favorites to get you dreaming and your pen moving –

What if Snow White fell for one of the seven dwarves?

What if Prince Charming was a giant bore?

What’s in Bluebeard’s forbidden chamber? Wrong answers only!

What if Sleeping Beauty didn’t want to wake up?

What if Jack’s mother had climbed the beanstalk first?

What if the 12 Dancing Princesses never got caught?

What if Tatterhood was a babe?

What if Rapunzel had her own strange cravings?

What if Gerda fell in love with the Robber Girl?

What if the Little Mermaid had stabbed the prince?

There are SO many more in the book – wait until you see! Can you come up with a fun way to start a fairy-tale retelling? Put it in the comments below!

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