Writing a Fairy Tale: Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Write a Fairy Tale

If you ever thought you could pen a better story than Cinderella, then writing fairy tales might be for you. Many modern fairy tales are re-makes of classics such as “Cinderella” or “Little Red Riding Hood,” but if you’re imaginative and follow these simple rules of writing a fairy tale, then your story may be mentioned with one of the classics one day. Read on to learn more!


  1. Step 1

Decide what lesson your fairy tale is going to teach before you write it. At their core, fairy tales are morality tales from the horror of stepmothers to not talking to strangers. They are generally teaching something and yours should do the same.

  1. Step 2

Create a good character. A fairy tale needs someone to root for. They don’t have to be perfect. Just think Jack in “Jack and the Beanstalk” or Red in “Little Red Riding Hood” but your readers should like them and want them to succeed.

  1. Step 3

Devise an evil character. A fairy tale must have an evil character that works as an antagonist to the good character. The evil character usually has special powers of some sort and they must use those powers in a way to cause the good character pain.

  1. Step 4

Design a magical character or object to write into the fairy tale. The magical character can be the evil character but many fairy tales have both good and evil magical characters that work to off-set the other’s influence.

  1. Step 5

Identify what obstacles your good character is going to have to face. Whatever the obstacle, it should seem insurmountable and genuinely require a bit of creativity by your good character and a little magical assistance.

  1. Step 6

Write a happy ending. A fairytale isn’t a fairytale unless it has a happy ending. Your good character must succeed and your evil character must lose and lose in a big way so you can write your “happily ever after.”

7 responses

1 09 2013
Christina Russell

Thank you so much. That really helped me.

14 11 2013
J.J. Almagro

Thanks, Christina!

5 11 2013

thankx helped alot >.<

14 11 2013
J.J. Almagro

Glad it helped and thanks for your comment.

14 11 2013
Yvonne Hudson

Thank you so much for the pointers!! They are a big help especially since I have been writing poetry and short stories for years and I thought about trying a fairytale for a change up even though. I have written short stories for children and I am working on a short story with different adventures to it and I have finished three series so far not including the introduction of course so this is a big help and once again thank you so much!!

14 11 2013
J.J. Almagro

Thanks, Yvonne. Good luck with your writing!

22 04 2014

This was very helpful, thankyou very much!:D

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