"The pen is the tongue of the mind." -Miguel de Cervantes

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fairy Tales, Myths, and Folklore: The Perfect Writing Jumpstart

Fairy tales are big right now. Very big. If you are anything like me, you sigh instantly when you see them in film adaptations and television shows. You like all the stories, like Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs. Sure you do, but inside you wish they were all a bit more twisty.

But what about all the ones you've haven't heard of? Right now on your kindle or kindle phone app you can get dozens of free fairy tale and folklore collection including the complete set of The Brother's Grimm and a few short story collections by Oscar Wilde. Don't have the phone app? Just search them up on Amazon and type them into the search bar.  So maybe you are thinking you know them all, and maybe you do. I was of the belief that I knew every fairy tale in existence. I was wrong, and that isn't something new.

Last night started out very dull. Sure we have Netflix, but there are only so many 80's cartoons you can watch before you go back to being bored. So I pulled out my phone and decided I was going to splurge and buy a new book for my phone app, but first I wanted to mill through the 'free' section. I clicked on half a dozen 'free' fairy tale books and was surprised at how unique and fresh some of the stories felt because I had Never. Heard. Of. Them. One of the stories in the Grimm collection stuck out because the main character had the exact same power as my current MC. He couldn't sense fear and fought all sorts of ghoulies and ghosties during the tale. (The Title is: Oh If I could but Shiver!)

The next morning I woke up much earlier than I usually do, sat down instantly at the computer and wrote 3,432 words in a matter of a few hours. Definitely a personal record. I'm not saying it will work for you, but when you find yourself with a block or your muse took a hike, try looking at some of these stories and fables. Even if you are working on a crime novel or a memoir. They may just give you the spark you need or get you more in touch with your whimsical side.

1 comment:

  1. I love fairy tales and folklore. I always turn to them when I'm looking for ideas and they're great if you're writing for YA and MG. There's a book I have which always helps with searching for a story. It's called The Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures. Just an A-Z of these different folkloric creatures from all cultures, new and old. I recommend it, it's fantastic!