Is your story the stuff of fairy tales..?

No? Are you sure about that..?

Earlier this year, I took part in a creative exercise over at Story Of Mum, where members of this creative community were invited to share their stories in the style of a fairy tale. Given the prescriptive prompts, I wrote my fairy story on my relationship with people and words and how I ended up doing what I now do, sharing and changing others’ stories as well as my own.

once-upon-a-time_WritingPeoplePoetryAs a creative exercise, this was fun and it was also (as I’m sure Pippa intended) so much more. In thinking of my life as a fairy tale, it helped me to focus on the highlights of my journey so far, pay tribute to those who have helped me along the way (or given me a much needed shove!) and reflect on how far I’ve come.

If you’re a writer yourself, you might like to try the exercise of writing your life as a fairy tale and see what comes up for you… You could even add it to the Story of Mum gallery (all parents and guardians welcome, not just mums!). Whether you write it down or not, it’s a great way to think about your life from a different perspective and work out what your ‘happily ever after’ is (or what it might feel, look and sound like when you get to it).

Is your story the stuff of fairy tales_WritingPeoplePoetryWhether you sign off ‘The End’, ready to start a brand new story or stop (for now) with ‘To Be Continued…’ perhaps you’ll find your life is more like a fairy tale than you might have previously believed. After all, fairy tales are not all sweetness and light. There are dark woods to wander through and many of us will encounter wicked witches and wolves along the way but there are also good witches and fairy godmothers.

And remember, at the end of every ‘Happily Ever After’, there’s always another ‘Once Upon A Time.’



So, now do you think your story is the stuff of fairy tales? If you did the exercise, do share what came up for you (and/or link to your story if you wrote it) in the comments below!

If you’re ready to start a new story but feeling a little stuck right now, you might like my free ebook of story shifting poems – from my journey, for yours. Get your copy now!

8 thoughts on “Is your story the stuff of fairy tales..?

  1. I love this idea! My first answer was ‘no’ just because my life doesn’t seem that enthralling from a storytelling perspective… but by the end of the post I was thinking ‘well actually…’. I think I may give it a go. Glad you found it a useful exercise and I’ll pop over to Story of mum to take a look (and yours and others)! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  2. I remember well when Pippa did this as my small press, Mother’s Milk Books had just published a collection of fairy tales for adults, ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical’ and I offered it as one of the prizes for the Twitter chat! As I explain in the introduction to the book, my actual name (not my pen-name), Teika, means ‘fairy tale’ in Latvian so I’m pretty open to interpreting lots of life experiences in terms of fairy tales! Also, ‘Women Who Run With The Wolves’ by Clarissa Pinkola Estes made a big impression on me – the way she uses fairy tales/myths to help women re-connect with the wild woman and to grow in strength really resonated with me. Thanks again for the reminder of just why I love fairy tales so much. Oh! and by the way, we’re currently open for fairy tale submissions for the next in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical’ if anyone’s interested…

    • Oh, I’ve not read Women Who Run With The Wolves – will have to add that one to my list! And thanks for the heads up about the fairy tale submissions too! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *