It turns out that turning a fairy tale into a novel-length manuscript feels more like writing a regular fantasy novel than ‘writing a fairy tale.’ There is something about fairytales that demands an obvious narrative voice and brevity in the story telling, neither of which I can feature throughout the bulk of my story.
I’m telling a traditional fairytale story throughout my larger narrative, weaving two stories together to put questions into the readers’ minds and inspire theories about what is going on without actually giving anything away until the right time in the larger story. In order to do this, I have to keep the narrative voice of each piece unique. Though the whole story overall is a fairytale, I want the shorter, verbalized story to stand out as the obvious fairytale until later in the story.
I’m only eight thousand words or so in on the “regular” part of the story and have written exactly one line of the “fairy tale:” Once upon a time, there was a handsome young prince. Hahaha! Writing the fairytale within the fairytale is definitely going to be fun!
After reading a terrible book that falsely promised to be something that it wasn’t, I asked the question: Do people still write fairy tales? I then did what any other too-busy writer would do and resolved to write a fairytale myself. The story came to mind around the time that I wrote my post on How to Not Go Insane While Editing your Novel, in case you were wondering what “creative outlet” I was contemplating when I wrote the first suggestion in the post.
I’ll probably post again about how the fairy tale writing is going since that is what I’m devoting the month of November to (aside from reading and beta reading). I wonder how my feelings about the story will change as the narrative progresses. How do your feelings toward your creative projects change as you work through them? Is there a pattern or do your feelings rise and fall depending on the quality you perceive from the project?