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Creative Writing Fairy Tale Story Starters

Sarah is a yoga teacher, custom framer, babysitter, and artist. She loves painting and spending time with her rat, gerbil, and hamster.


Fairytales Today

Today we usually encounter fairytales through the television. Disney has done a wonderful job bringing these stories to life...however it is important to note that Disney fairytales and the original stories that were told by authors such as the Grimm brothers, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson were much different then as we see them today. Many intriguing details were changed or left out all together. Different cultures have different versions of each tale. It is in these differences where we can really learn more about each other as well as ourselves.

Writing your own fairy tale story can be a great activity to bring out your creativity. The best thing about writing fantasy tales is that you don't need to have to same rules that there are in reality! Use your imagination and see where it takes you. Use these story starters to help get you going or simply start writing. You may find yourself writing the end of the story and then going back to write the beginning and middle! Have fun and worry about editing after you have all your thoughts down. Don't dismiss anything as too silly or may be the start of a great story line!


Thunder clapped as rained pelted down on your character. Lightning flashes and a small child is illuminated. Your character runs up to the child and notices right away that something is off about the child...


A knife is found with a special inscription carved into the handle in an unknown language. When your character picks it up the characters on the handle begin to glow brightly. This knife has special properties that are discovered on the journeys of your character.


Your characters pet runs off and leads you to a crater in the ground. At the very center of this crater is an egg shaped object that glows red. Your character goes closer to inspect it.


Shadows are starting to come to life in the forest in the form of evil spirits. Your character is given the duty to find out why and discover how to solve the problem.


Your character is busy with his or her nose in a book outside. Something falls from the sky and hits the ground a few feet away making a cracking sound. Your character goes to investigate and finds a....


An evil character discovers what it is like to be in love.

Describe the myth of a dreadful griffin who is held captive by a vampire.


Write a legend about a courageous little sprite who is a spy from another kingdom.

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Your character is on a quest to find a frail mermaid who has a secret message that must be found out before it is too late.


Your character is sitting on the bus and notices a girl wearing clothes that looks like she came from a different era.... because she has.


Your character is an elegant sorcerer/sorceress in modern times and is in the middle of typing an angry e-mail when your older sister comes in and magically cuts the power.


A good witch is rummaging through her potion collection and finds a dusty, unmarked bottle, filled with a luminous purple liquid. When she takes out the cork, the liquid begins to flow out of the bottle and morph into....


Quotes and Sayings

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. - Neil Gaiman

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life. - Friedrich von Schiller

Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat. - Greenhaven Press

at the center of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power. - Susan Wiggs

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. - Mo Willems

For it is a true fact that faeries, just like people, very often find that a full belly and a good friend are all that they need to be happy. - C.S. Einfeld

Once upon a time fairy tales were told to audiences of young and old alike. It is only in the last century that such tales were deemed fit only for small children, stripped of much of their original complexity, sensuality, and power to frighten and delight. - Terri Windling

Think what you would have been now, if instead of being fed with tales and old wives' fables in childhood, you had been crammed with geography and natural history! - Charles Lamb



Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2020:

Thank you for the positive feedback!

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2020:

Liliane, thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it and hope you are inspired to write.

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2020:

T B Whitt, thank you! Happy writing.

Timothy Whitt from New Jersey on June 21, 2020:

Great article

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on June 21, 2020:

lovely article.

Timothy Whitt from New Jersey on May 30, 2020:

There are a lot of great ideas here. Thanks

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 17, 2018:

Interesting and refreshing concepts for creativity. Thank you for sharing.

Unity on January 04, 2015:

This does look prngisiom. I'll keep coming back for more.

Isabelle on January 03, 2015:

Good to see real expertise on display. Your cotuiibntron is most welcome.

James E Cressler from Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience with tales of old and new! I just Hub published my first one "Diary of an Oak Tree - The College Park legend of Notch." It has proven both harder and more fun than I thought before.

Nice collection of quotes!

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