Anyone who knows

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Anyone who knows

Anyone who knows how to develop a concept, plot, and actually good characters (or get away without using one of those) would be greatly appreciated! I have to write a retold* fairy tale (Sleeping Beauty) over the course of two days, and I have no idea where to even begin.

*Please note that retold isn't exactly the same as twisted. Retold could just mean that you're using a different narrator, or that you're writing the story down in a different form as the original.

Please help! 

submitted by Help needed!
(December 5, 2018 - 1:54 pm)

I'd say make sure you know the plot and characters inside out and backwards first. Then, choose a vantage point. Make sure that shallow characters stay shallow characters, and don't let them into the immediate frame to often, otherwise you'll have to develop them. Let your reader see that the main characters are deep and flawed and REALISTIC, unless of course you want the plot to have holes. If you're taking the vantage point of, say, Merriweather, make sure to portray her thoughts as she portrays her actions; kinda bottled-up, granny like, and sweet, but fiery and unconventional.

Did that make any sense? 

submitted by Rogue Wildling
(December 6, 2018 - 2:50 am)
submitted by stoptop
(December 6, 2018 - 12:32 pm)

I'd start by just getting everything out on the page, then working from there. No idea is bad or wrong in a brainstorm. As rogue said, try develop a basic plot beforehand and have a good idea of the characters. Good luck!

submitted by Coroline
(December 7, 2018 - 1:00 am)

One of the things that helps me with my stories is to act it out first before writing it down. So in this case, it might help to act out the story of Sleeping Beauty from the the point of view of each of the different characters, and then write it down. Hope this helps! 

submitted by Codesmith , age 16, In a computer
(December 7, 2018 - 11:50 am)