Today’s writing prompt is about reimagining and rewriting familiar scenes from fairytales. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: A Modern Fairytale
Today, think of a scene from a well-known fairytale, then rewrite it for a more modern audience. Or rewrite major plot points of a well-known fairytale.
Use this writing prompt to practice your storytelling techniques and further define your writing voice.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Little Red Riding Hood, A Retelling, by K.E. Creighton
Anna was in the forest gathering mushrooms for her fungi collection when she heard twigs cracking on the ground behind where she was kneeling. When she looked toward her right periphery she saw a man in a blue flannel jacket holding the handle of an axe that was resting on his shoulder. She stood, brushed the dirt off her red hood before repositioning it, and said hello. He asked if she was lost. She said that she wasn’t and that she lived nearby. He huffed and walked away.
Later that afternoon when Anna was walking back through the woods toward her house, she saw the man again in the distance chopping wood. But that was the last thing she remembered before waking up in a daze on a sofa that wasn’t hers.
As she opened her eyes she saw the head of an axe glistening on the floor on the other side of the room. She propped herself up on the sofa and the man with the blue flannel jacket on emerged from the small kitchen. He was carrying a bowl of funny-smelling vegetable soup–Anna could smell it from across the room– and told her she needed to eat it to get her strength back.
As he handed the bowl to Anna there was a commotion outside, so he went to investigate it. While he was out of her sight, she took some of the mushrooms she had gathered earlier from her pocket and put them in the chunky soup. When he returned, he mumbled something about pesky raccoons.
She asked him to try the soup first so she knew it was okay to eat. Because it was very hot and she was always told that she wasn’t supposed to eat anything a stranger gave her– not truly believing that he would actually eat the soup. But to her surprise, he did eat three large spoonfuls of the soup. And when he did, she pretended to be weak and fall back asleep.
Once the man started acting weird and stopped paying attention to her and laid down on the floor in the kitchen staring at the ceiling, Anna walked out the front door. She never saw the man in the blue flannel jacket again or heard about his existence in the village after that day. She also threw out her fungi collection when she got home and decided to take up bird watching instead.