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How to write a fairy tale

Updated on April 10, 2015

Writing fairy tales is easy!

So you want to know how to write a fairy tale? I can tell you how. I am professional writer for more than twenty years and I wrote about three hundred fairy tales and short stories for children, all published (radio shows, magazines, picture books, collections of short stories and audio books).

I am among most popular authors in Slovenia and I got several awards for my writings for kids and adults. Most important of all, I can support my family with my work and stories for kids are among best family resources because of their potential of passive income producing.

Enough about me. You came here to learn about writing. I have a good news: writing a fairy tale is pretty easy. Same stands for every kind of story writing, including stories for kids. In most cases you need just couple of hours to make your very own if you follow some simple rules.

I'll try to present them as illustrated step by step instructions. Look at them, take some time to enjoy their beauty and think about great stories they represent.

Hi ho, let's go!

(Intro image by Hermann Vogel, all used images are public domain, sources: Archive.org and Gutenberg.org)

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Jack and Giant by Arthur Rackham
Jack and Giant by Arthur Rackham | Source

You need a hero...

You need a character your audience can relate with. It can be human being, animal, plant or object. It really doesn't matter, but in practice humans and animals were always best for the main role.

If you want a teapot playing main character in your fairy tale, be my guest. Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde wrote several pretty good ones with objects in leading roles but even in their best works main characters are humans or animals.

The most important thing is set of characteristics. Your hero must have some characteristics the reader of fairy tale can relate to. Is he funny? Smart? Brave? Nice? Good-looking? And even more important: what are his shortcomings? Is he too small? Too weak? Too shy? Too lazy? Boring?

Good example is a main character in Valiant Little Tailor. Every child, boy or girl, can totally relate with him because every kid has to deal with mean spirited giants (adults who simply have too much power) on daily basis.

Make your hero believable!

Positive set of characteristics makes your character a hero.

But only with some faults he can be believable hero!

Great example of heroine in fairy tales
Great example of heroine in fairy tales

...or heroine!

We can debate about equal rights, living in 21st century and so on, but let's face it: lady in trouble always sounds great as a basic story synopsis.

Almost all of most famous (or may I say popular or even profitable) fairy tales of all times use that idea. Kids of both genders can easily sympathize with girl in some sort of trouble, because...

Well, kids are in all sorts of troubles most of the time too. No problem to identify with a hero of the story... So if you want to know how to write a story for kids, you actually just put your main character in some sort of troubles

O.k., we have a hero or heroine, but we certainly need something else!

(Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated by Walter Crane)

Do you prefer reading a book to learn the tricks of the trade?

Writing stories is a craft, everybody can do that:)

For some reason many of us decide to write a fairytale. Most of these creations will never be published but they can still give us tremendous pleasure when we make them and read them. Just to ourselves or to wider audience.

The basic rules are really simple and they can be covered by a cheat sheet presented in this page. But in most cases you will still need a little extra to make a really good story for kids. Maybe you can get some help from the books written by people who had already done it several times?

They share their tips in great books in your nearest store: Amazon on-line!

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale (Writer's Toolbox)
Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale (Writer's Toolbox)

Really practical guide with easy to follow rules. You'll have your very own treat for children in no time!

And you'll have some fun too:)

 

Creating a good character takes some time

Yes, creating interesting and convincing character can be time consuming. Actually pretty time consuming.

But I can disclose you a little trick (I use it all the time, but I have some even better tricks in my sleeve).

When you create a good character, you can use him (or her) in many fairy tales or stories.

Of course even the greatest character is not enough!

Snow White by Franz Juttner
Snow White by Franz Juttner

Every single story (for kids or not) needs a setting

Yours should be no exception

What is a setting? Well, think about place and time of your story. Does it start once upon a time when young girl must leave her home because of poverty, or is it a modern tale about divorced parents who fight for their only kid?

What is its range? Will everything happen in couple of minutes, or will it last for decades?

How important will your setting be? Will determine heroes' actions or will just add some touch of credibility?

Don't forget the possible symbolic meanings of setting! Fairy tales are stories about growing up. So in most cases you should start a story with a kid or youngster facing a great challenge. Challenge should be bigger than him, it should be so big, the reader could feel the possibility of being lost in the situation.

And what is better place to be lost in than dark dark woods?

Write Your Own Fairy Tale
Write Your Own Fairy Tale

Yes, it is possible to write a one, just right to suit your needs, your audience, your taste.

Your story, your rules. Welcome to the world of creativity and imagination!

 

Send your hero on the mission!

Jack and Beanstalk by Jessie Wilcox Smith
Jack and Beanstalk by Jessie Wilcox Smith | Source

What is his quest? Is he searching for wealth? Love? Wisdom? Wants to rescue or protect somebody? Set his goal!

Set it high!

Then think again...

Can you set it even higher?

How to Write a Fairy Tale (Explorer Junior Library: How to Write)
How to Write a Fairy Tale (Explorer Junior Library: How to Write)

This book is written for all ages, even for children which often have surprisingly sparkling ideas.

Give a chance to their imagination and let the creativity flow! You will be positively surprised...

 

Perfect opponent in is of course... - ...the evil witch!

Put your hero in some serious trouble

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DANGER!BETRAYAL!JEALOUSY!FRAUD!DEVASTATION!
DANGER!
DANGER!
BETRAYAL!
BETRAYAL!
JEALOUSY!
JEALOUSY!
FRAUD!
FRAUD!
DEVASTATION!
DEVASTATION!

Reward on the end of the journey should be spectacular!

Source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence
Source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence

Don't forget -.in most of great stories the biggest obstacle to heroes' success is hero himself!

Narcissus admiring his image
Narcissus admiring his image

In quest for success we really have only our limitations. So we have to overcome them, improve ourselves and earn a reward - a change, become responsible and respective part of society.

Introduce a helper...

illustration by William H. Robinson
illustration by William H. Robinson

In old stories for kids we have wise men, in fairy tales fairies, in real life friends, ...

With a helper you don't only introduce a new skill, you can open a whole new world of interactions among characters.

Human being is never a lone island. Even Robinson Crusoe had Friday!

...or more helpers!

Snow White by Franz Juttner
Snow White by Franz Juttner

... the more the merrier!

Cinderella from Alexander Zick
Cinderella from Alexander Zick | Source

Don't underestimate side-characters!

In most stories a side-character is introduced only because of his function (to do something instead of hero, to give him important information, magic object, etc.), but it is your job to at least try adding him some depth.

Think about the hunter in Snow White. Think about his dilemmas. He surely didn't want to hurt Snow White, but if he wouldn't listen the evil queen, he would put in danger his and his family's lives!

Every dilemma makes a story stronger, more recognizable, better!

Now you just need to add a pinch of magic!

Cinderella and Fairy Godmother by Oliver Herford
Cinderella and Fairy Godmother by Oliver Herford

Make your stories through play! - Writing stories as a child's play!

Yes, you read it right. Making your own stories is fun and you don't even have to be literate for this. You can actually learn how to write a story for kids without noticing you are learning!

eeBoo Create and Tell Me A Story Cards, Fairy Tale Mix-Up
eeBoo Create and Tell Me A Story Cards, Fairy Tale Mix-Up

This is a game for a whole family. You get a set of cards and each card presents a character, setting or other typical element of a fairy tale.

The game comes with clear instructions, it is suitable for kids from three years above, but it really offers a lot of fun to everybody involved.

Quality time, family bonding and playful way to learn about the composition of a story - who wants more?

 

A fairy tale or a story?

If you wanted learn how to write a story for kids, you can skip this part.

But if you want to write a fairy tale, some kind of magic should be added too!

Most effective climax is a confrontation of the heroes with their nemesis

Hansel and Gretel by Arthur Rackahm
Hansel and Gretel by Arthur Rackahm | Source
Three Little Pigs by Leonard Leslie Brooke
Three Little Pigs by Leonard Leslie Brooke | Source

The final confrontation

Don't be too easy on your hero or the audience. Especially don't be too easy on yourself!

We all know how fairy tale should end...

But if you want to write great story add something special, some surprise, maybe humor, unexpected twist, just something to remember.

Note: harder the battle, more glorious the win!

Give your audience a happy ending!

Source: Archive.org, PD licence
Source: Archive.org, PD licence

They breathed and trembled with your hero.

They expect happy ending.

They deserve it!

Do you believe, you can write a fairy tale now?

Well, do you?

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It is really nothing extraordinary. In fact everybody already lives his very special fairy tale right now!

Will you try to make your own story for children?

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Interesting stuff. Blessed and featured on Blessed bySkiesgreen and also on Learn to Write Quiz. Hugs

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      This is a great lens to help those looking for how to write a fairy tale, AND it is a great lens for people who want to understand fairytales better. Blessed by alwaysjules! ;)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @julescorriere: Thank you:)

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      exotickitten731 5 years ago

      love your lens = ] keep up the good work! thank you for sharing!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and very helpful. Blessed!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @exotickitten731: I'll try to do my best:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Writing a fairy-tale is like composing any other

      story with characters, settings, and a plot;

      It is the freedom of imagination allowed that is

      both a boon and is with pitfalls fraught.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: Thank you for your blessing and thanks for your poetry. You made my day:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What wonderful encouragement for everyone to be able to write their favorite story and make their own fairy tale come true in their imagination!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Writing is job as every other. It can be done by almost everybody, but some can do it better than others...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thank you for sharing

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I went through all the elements of a fairy tale with my students in my K-2 Literature class this year. This would have been a helpful resource to use for that. Blessed and liked.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      You might have just inspired one of us to write a fairy tale one day!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @iijuan12: Thanks, it is greatly appreciated!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Bellezza-Decor: You are too kind:)

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Really nice page with great info on Writing a Fairy Tale.

      I may give it a try one day... Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @pcgamehardware: Try it. And enjoy:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yap.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Good!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really an interesting and useful resource. In fact, you made think of doing one.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @aesta1: That was the idea:)

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      frazierbarbs lm 5 years ago

      this lens was really inspiring....i like how some of your point scan be used in not just fairy tales but other stories as well... I kind of want to try to write a fairy tale now...

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @frazierbarbs lm: Thanks. And I think we both already know: when writer feels to write, the best medicine is writing:)

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I have illustrated for fairy tales stories but never wrote one, although I do have short poem stories...Thanks for sharing!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @delia-delia: Maybe you should write a fairy tale too. It is easy and fun and with your experience you can make something really beautiful. Thanks for your comment!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I will. I will.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: Good. Good.

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Do fairy tales have to be as scary as most of them are?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: No, they don't need to be scary and I don't think most of them are scary to kids. A lot depends on interpretation.

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I always found those witches scary :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: Some of them are funny and there are also good witches:)

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      bigjoe2121 4 years ago

      I love it! I'm not writing fairy tales right now, but I am trying to write a story. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @bigjoe2121: Thanks! The basic rules explained here are the same for writing any kind of story and even an article...

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      GreenfireWiseWo 4 years ago

      Yes I will

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @GreenfireWiseWo: Great:)

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      What a brilliant lens! I have no doubt, thanks to you, I'll be giving my hand a go at writing a fairy tale. - Winlin

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @BobZau: And if you get some second thoughts remember the slogan: Just do it!

      :)

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      JJNW 4 years ago from USA

      ***SquidAngel Blessing*** for spreading creativity and joy!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @JJNW: Thanks, it is appreciated!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hmmmm. I don't know, but you provided great information with beautiful photos. Thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LiteraryMind: I hope i helped a bit:)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I have a few under my belt, including a Halloween fable write here on Squidoo. Perhaps I will write another one day.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @ecogranny: Great! Our world needs more fairy tales.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hmm... You make it sound simple and easy! You are a talent indeed... Best wishes for more! :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thank you:)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I'd love to be talented enough to wrote one.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: I am sure you are:)

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      I don't know if I will write one, but I had to made up some stories for my son. Does it count?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @maryLuu: Sure does. Home made stuff is always the best one. Right?

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I squid-liked this lens on a previous occasion. I returned to BLESS it today!

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      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks, I appreciate it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Came back to share this with my fb & twitter friends! Cheers! :)

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      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Yes, I will write a fairy tale... will start thinking about my characters... today.

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      @Linda BookLady: Enjoy!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I am interested in How to write a fairy tale and your images are so great, thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @getmoreinfo: Always a pleasure to see somebody interested in fairy tales writing:)

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      @sailor_man: Thanks!

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these simple yet important rules of writing a fairy tale! Congratulations on your well deserved LOTD!

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      I think I'm going to give it a try.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-I am thrilled for you-Well deserved

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      SQuidMonster 4 years ago

      TRY TO

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      I would love to write a fairy tale, and illustrate it too! Wonderful lens!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      redzky 4 years ago

      hmm, that's interesting.

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      EEWorkouts 4 years ago

      I write fiction and I love fary tales. This is a great lens! These pictures are awesome. Thanks for posting this.

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      ShineRita 4 years ago

      Hi Tolovaj, congrats for the LOTD.

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD. It is will deserved. A really wonderful lens. I don't know if I will write one or not, but I ceratinly know where to come for some guidance.

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      @olmpal: Thanks, it's a huge honor to me:)

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      @NightMagic: Try it, it's easy AND fun!

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      @siobhanryan: I am thrilled too:)

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      Chris-H LM 4 years ago

      How true! Each life is precious and unique. We are the author of how we choose to respond to the circumstances of our lives. Congratulations on LOTD. I like how you increased click thru rate by linking to one of your own lenses as an example.

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      @SQuidMonster: That's the spirit!

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      @pennyhart lm: Trust me, it's pure joy:)

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      @rawwwwwws lm: :)

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      @redzky: Glad to hear that:)

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      @EEWorkouts: Thanks for your visit and nice comment!

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      @ShineRita: Thanks!!!!!

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, well deserved!

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      @shawnhi77 lm: Great to hear that. You are always welcome to come back:)

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      @Chris-H LM: Thanks for congratulations. Yes, I always try to interlink my lenses and this one is one of the less 'used'.

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      @Two Crafty Paws: Thank you, I still can't believe:)

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      kathyporter 4 years ago

      Wow, what an amazing lens! I love it.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Thought provoking lens . Congrats on LOTD.

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      GabStar 4 years ago

      well done!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      It does sound really easy now. Congrats on LotD!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Thanks so much for sharing - congrats on LotD, and here are some blessings from this SquidAngel!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! I loved the illustrations you used as well. :)

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Congrats! I might just try and write a fairy tale now! blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm thrilled to return to congratulate you on LotD and purple star honors here...I've been expecting this for you, congratulations!

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      OneHappyFeet 4 years ago

      super

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      NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Love the images in your lens. I might try writing a fairy tale.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm an author and I always wanted to do a children's series, especially fairytales, but I get so wrapped up and distracted with my novels, that I lose track of my children's stories in the first place. :-) one of these days, though! Fantastic lens! Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on LOTD!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I wish I would have had this when I was homeschooling my kids. What a great guide - and a perfectly fun homeschool writing project! Congratulations on your really cool Lens of the Day!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd; I agree with the others; very well deserved! Awesome. Blessed ;)

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. I enjoyed reading this lens. I've always wanted to write and am a writer of sorts with 3 books on Amazon but I want to venture into something more detailed whether it is a self-help book and/or murder mystery. I believe this info will help in any area of writing one would want to do.

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      @kathyporter: Glad to hear that!

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      @eilval: Thanks!

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      @GabStar: Thank you!

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      @graphite75: Well, it really is easy. Thanks!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love fairy tales and have some German childhood books that I just love...I like the Old stories with the illustrations, such as you have shown.

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      @JoshK47: Thank you very much!

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      @writerkath: Thanks!

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      Congratulations on the LotD! This is really a terrific lens. A well of creativity and amazing ideas.

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      @TheWritingnag: Please, do that, this world needs more fairy tales:)

      Thanks!

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      @anonymous: Thank you, it is great honor, and really special feeling:)

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      @OneHappyFeet: :)

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      @NC Shepherd: Yes, try it. It is fun! Thanks for your visit:)

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      @anonymous: I write for kids and adults and both can be extremely rewarding experience. One day you'll find the perfect moment and ... Thanks for your visit!

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      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you!

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      @SusanDeppner: Thank you very much!

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      LabKittyDesign 4 years ago

      We are far too jaded to be able to ever write a fairy tale, but this was a great read! (great pics too!).

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      @choosehappy: It is big surprise and great honor. Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes. Thanks .

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      @Mellithorpe: Yes, it is a list of pretty general tips. With the exception of supernatural it can be used in all sorts of texts, I used the same list even in essays about insects:)

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      mik137 4 years ago

      Great lens! I have an idea for a children's book and I think this would be a good formula to use as well.

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      @delia-delia: Thank you very much!

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      @Tennyhawk: Thank you very much for your kind words.

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      @LabKittyDesign: :)

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      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      I can't wait to try writing one. Congrats on lotd!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @mik137: With an idea and the list you just have to sit down and start writing. Enjoy:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @mouse1996 lm: Thank you, it is great honor and surprise too:)

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      This is a great explanation of how to go about writing in this genre. Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your LOTD! Awesome lens! I really enjoyed it!

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      surfsusan 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD ... no I will try to write a fairy tale, it is too scary for me just to start.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      You're an encouraging teacher, and your illustrations are beautiful. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Yes! You have provided great pointers! I really love the images you have included here. Congrats on getting recognized - well deserved

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      reasonablerobby 4 years ago

      Very informative lens that should be shared widely :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LotD and the purple star.

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      Don't know.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the day and maybe I'll try writing a fairy tale one day. Thank you for the inspiration and your encouragement!

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      Hello! Living my fairy tale :D. I adore the illustrations you chose for this lens! (You can just delete the Youtube ref. you don't even need it). Thank you for sharing your work with all of us here. (I shared your lens across all the platforms offered here). Congrats on a well earned LOTD and Purple Star. :D I look forward to exploring more of your lenses.

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on LOTD, and on your great success with your career! I am an author myself, but have not ventured into the realm of the children's book yet. I have thought about it, have made a few incomplete attempts, but now you have inspired me anew.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Thank you for the tips! I dream of being a writer of children's books. I do believe your tips will help a lot! ^_^

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      AskPat 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Thanks to you, yes, I would love to try to write a fairy tale.

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      matthewcirino1 4 years ago

      Great article now i may start on my on fairy tale soon.

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      lilblackdress lm 4 years ago

      Lovely pictures and awesome information! I am more of a non fiction writer myself but can appreciate your creativity!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      maybe :) ...Congrats on the LOTD

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      @sheilamarie78: Thank you very much:)

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      @Judith Nazarewicz: Thank you:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @surfsusan: No need to be scary. You are the boss, you create your world:)

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      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you very much:)

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, easy to see why it was awarded LoTD and a purple star! You have inspired me to write a fairy tale. I wish you much continued success!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Yes, maybe I should write down the stories I told my children and grandchildren.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Very helpful lesson on how to write a fairy tale. Nice to learn from a professional.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. This is a great lens! Thanks for sharing

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      @Teapixie LM: Thank you for your kindness:)

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      @reasonablerobby: I hope it reaches some aspiring writers:)

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      @favored: Thank you, it is huge to me:)

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I just might try to write one someday. You've got a wonderful guide on how to build an interesting story here, and gorgeous illustrations. No wonder you're a published author. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've written one before but now I'm ready to try some more. Your instructions are so clear and I love the illustrations you used. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      @oddobjective: :)

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      @KyraB: I hope I helped. And don't forget to have fun!

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      @Anna2of5: Thanks!

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      @CamelliaPenny: Great to hear that! And thanks:)

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      @iamraincrystal: I hope they will:)

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Yes I will, but I have several things going on right now that I need to take care of first. This is a great lens, and I can see why you won a purple star AND Lens Of The Day. Congratulations!

      TonyB

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Yes I would just love to. I have been thinking about it a long time. You are so kind to share this helpful info.Thank you. Congratulations on your LotD and purple star.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      I am not sure if I will write a fairy tale, although you have given me an excellent tutorial on here. Congrats on LOTD.

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      TopDigitalMarke 4 years ago

      I used to write a lot when I was younger, but now I have less time. Hopefully I'll be able to get back into it!

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      @AskPat: Don't forget to have fun:)

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      @matthewcirino1: Glad to hear that!

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      @lilblackdress lm: Fiction, non-fiction, the basic rules are pretty much the same... Thanks for your kind words:)

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      @poldepc lm: Thank you!

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      @dotcomdiva: Thank you very much, it means a lot to me!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @RoadMonkey: Yes, even if you don't publish them, some day they will hugely appreciate them!

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      @pawpaw911: I am flattered:)

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      @Spiderlily321: Thank you!

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      @BunnyFabulous: :))

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      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @tonybonura: Thanks, both trophies are huge honor to me and my limited knowledge of English!

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      @soaringsis: My pleasure... Thank you!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @clouda9 lm: Well, it is really a basic list of task, actual process of writing can be (but not necessary) much more complicated;)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @TopDigitalMarke: Yes, I have the same problem. Imagination has no limits, time has.

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      golfgpswatch lm 4 years ago

      Lens of the day award very well deserved

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Tolovaj, Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!! I already liked and blessed your lens on a previous occasion. So it is good to see you reaping the rewards for this lovely piece. Have a blessed week.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't know if I'll write a fairy tale but your lens has inspired me to start working on a project I put aside months ago. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      I am not planning to write a fairy tale, but the information is very useful. I would rather right self-help articles or stories. My mother used to write kid's stories and she also wrote poetry.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      Actually I've been writing one and had stalled out in terms of the final climatic scene. I think I will read back through this again.

      I loved this lens. You mix your text and illustrations FANTASTICALLY well. You've given me some new ideas for lens creation. Thanks.

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      FreedomGrrl 4 years ago

      Love this lens! It's informative and the illustrations are very sweet. Plus, it gives me inspiration to write like I used to do when I was a teen. Thanks!

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      Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

      How To Write A Fairy Tale was very well laid out and a pleasure to read. I do enjoy writing fairy tales on occasion.

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      @golfgpswatch lm: Thanks:)

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      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you very much. All the best to you too!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations for the LotD. Yes I would like to write my own fairy tale, but I find being a lens master on Squidoo a full time job to fit in with my other chores on the farm. Thanks for sharing. Bessed.

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      @anonymous: I am glad I helped a bit!

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      @Mary Stephenson: The basics are everywhere the same:)

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      @Bookmama2: Great to hear that! All the best with your final scene:)

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      You have a great way to explain, and make it easy, so glad you get LOTD. Blessings!

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      @FreedomGrrl: You are very kind:)

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      @linhah lm: Thank you very much!

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      @Elsie Hagley: I hope you'll find a way to write your fairy tale. Thanks for your visit!

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      blancaverome 4 years ago

      Someday I will write a fairy tale. At the moment, I'm working on a slightly different story, however. :)

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      quicpost 4 years ago

      I would like to give fairy tales a try one day for a new e-book.

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      wattyan 4 years ago

      Nice instruction, I have to try to write it.

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      Katyusha 4 years ago

      Great lens. I must read it once again. It is very well written and helpful Thanks and congratulations on LotD.

      Äudovito, Äestitam, lep dan in vikend ti želim.

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      DeboraR 4 years ago

      Great lens. You've piqued my interest in trying to write a fairy tale.

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      @Michey LM: I appreciate it:)

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      @blancaverome: I hope both will work out well:)

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      @quicpost: Go for it and all the best!

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      @wattyan: Enjoy!

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      MrInfopreneur 4 years ago

      not likely, but will use the ideas in other things, like writing lenses for example :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You know how much I love your lenses so I was thrilled to see this one make LOTD. Congrats. You are so deserving of this honor.

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      joancol lm 4 years ago

      This lens gives me an idea to write one.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great information that makes the whole thing look easy

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I had to come back and tell you. I haven't written the final portion yet, only sketched out some notes. But last night thinking about your advice and looking at the draft I had, I got unstuck. I finally have great ideas for how to finish it.

      Really I was missing two elements that you say are essential. The helper(s) and the magic. My story is a rewrite of an existing fairytale and the only magic in it was exactly what was in the original story. I added a magic spell of my own and a couple helpers and ..... the plotting WAS easy!

      Now I just have to find the time to write it out. I've got some very funny dialog running around in my head.

      Thanks again.

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      flashkid 4 years ago

      There was this squid called flashkid A wise teacher called tolovaj taught him to write fairy tales. But flashkid had a butt that stretched for miles and he could never get off it and write his own tales... :-)

      Seriously, I used to spin some yarns for my kids during bedtime and when the kids started asking questions, my imagination had to work overtime to find answers. Your story telling template here should help to polish the tales.

      congrats and thanks for such a fine lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading it. Heroes do take time to develop.

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      @Katyusha: You are welcome. Hvala, enako!

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      @DeboraR: Go for it!

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      @MrInfopreneur: Sure, the list is almost universal!

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      @WriterJanis2: Thank you for all support, I appreciate it!

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      @joancol lm: My mission is done:)

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      @weakbond: I believe it is easy.

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      @Bookmama2: Great to hear that. About funny dialogues... Talking from my experience it is best to write them down immediately, even if they sometimes look weird and illogical and edit them later, when you have time and clear mind (and hopefully some critical perspective). If you wait too long with writing first ideas, they can vanish...

      Enjoy!

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      @flashkid: Yes, kids can be great inspiration and they can also be the ultimate deadline makers;)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Yes, even the lens needs to 'mature'. This one is seven months old:)

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      coolaunt 4 years ago

      You are not only a fairy tale author and a good teacher it seems. This is written perfectly to inspire us to write fairy tales.

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      @coolaunt: I am flattered!

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      Sean Gagne 4 years ago from Tampa Bay Area

      Wow! After reading this I feel like writing a fairy tale. Amazing lens!

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      @Sean1987: This was my intention:)

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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Perhaps going forward, I'm still working on some unfinished articles and lenses.

      I certainly liked your approach, and I believe by following your formula, I'd have a really nice fairy tale.

      Thanx for the eductation

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      @Earnlat: Thanks for your visit:)

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      biodegradableplastic 4 years ago

      nice lens, great content

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      @biodegradableplastic: Thank you very much:)

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      I may try. Good pointers.

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      @ryokomayuka: Thanks!

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      diksha12 4 years ago

      wow...very Nice squidoo

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Just while I was on holidays I desired so much to write a fantasy book, but not about fairies. It was about elves. But now the things could change and involve fairies too! Why not?

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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      Thanks for inspiring me to dust off the stories I wrote ages ago, and try to prepare them for publishing..

      I've already published two books - on a medical theme.

      One is for children; it's won a book award, and has its own Squidoo lens.

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      @diksha12: Thanks!

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      @Alessandro Zambon: Sure, why not. Don't forget, only some of fair tales actually have fairies, so you are not obliged to use any sort of fantasy creatures at all... Enjoy!

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      @asiliveandbreathe: Thanks for your visit and congratulation on award!

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      Baddew Fibes 4 years ago

      What a fantastic and inspiring lens. Thank you for all the great info.

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      @Baddew Fibes: Thank you for your visit and comment:)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      I would like to write a fairy tale, but even if I don't, your lens is inspiring and a pleasure to read.

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      @artbyrodriguez: Thank you very much. Great to hear that!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Excellent tips, and not just for fairy tales, but can be used for other types of books as well - well done! Thanks for an interesting and useful read!

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      @montanatravel52: Thanks for your visit and nice comment:)

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This is a really great lense!

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      This is a really good lens! I absolutely enjoyed reading it, and it has set my mind in whirl as to writing stories, which I did as a child. Thank you!

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      @CoolFool83: Thanks!

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      @StewartClan: Thanks for your comment:)

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      pretyfunky 4 years ago

      awesome lens

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      This is an amazing Lens! I am trying to write my own fairy tale!

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      This is an interesting lens and very useful as well. Thanks for sharing!!

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      @pretyfunky: Thank you very much:)

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      @kayla_harris: Enjoy!

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      @NewUsedCarsSacramento: I hope it helped:)

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      No, I probably will not write a fairy tail. But I think you have a great lens for those who want to.

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      @junecampbell: Thank you very much:)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I greatly enjoyed your lens, Tolovaj. Thank you for writing it! I also enjoyed the beautiful Fairy Tale illustrations. ::::blessed::::

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      @ElizabethSheppard: I appreciate it!

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Yes I will write fairy tales, now!

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      @askformore lm: Go for it!

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      johnA11 4 years ago

      After reading such a great breakdown of how to write a fairy tale... it's definitely something that I'll try... eventually. Thanks for the awesome tips

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      @johnA11: My pleasure:)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Iâm so glad to find this information on how to write my own fairy tale, this is very helpful! Tweeting, Facebooking and Pinning this so I can find it easily and to share with others. ~Blessed~

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      @dellgirl: Thanks, thanks and thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

      visit www.yohooho.com

      and if you want, please leave comment.I really appreciate it. Thanks

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Interesting read. Thanks for the great lens!

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      @anonymous: Thanks for your visit. I suppose I would survive without a link:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @kimark421: Thank you:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is good information, I think I like them. :)

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      Really a wonderful lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Great to hear that!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @AllThingsPotter: Thank you very much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am really impressed with this lens. You seem to have included all the ingredients necessary to create a great fairy tale. I have bookmarked this lens and if I do indeed write a fairy tale, I'll come back and let you know! Thanks for sharing this lens with us!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: O.k., write it and come back with some new tips!

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      I wish I could write as interesting fairy tales that I have adored as a kid. Very inspiring lens for writers.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @BlogsWriter: I believe you can write an interesting story (I think everybody can) and if it doesn't pan out perfect for the first time, you can always try again. Just don't forget to have fun:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, beautiful pictures to go with the fantastic lens. Everyone loves a Fairy Tale as it reminds them of childhood. thank you for your greta work.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thank you:)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your how-to on writing fairy tales - also the beautiful pictures!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @cmadden: Thanks:)

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I hope to give it a try. I have been doing some research on how to. Your lens is so encouraging and helpful.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @soaringsis: Thanks, have fun!

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      Felicitas 4 years ago

      I can see why you've done so well as a writer. I liked and tweeted this lens. The advice you give sounds easy, but to do it well requires a deep understanding of people's psychological makeup. And, you're able to do all that while staying lighthearted. That's rare. I will have to reread this lens a few times, and maybe pick up a couple of the writing books you recommend.

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      hmrezaul123 4 years ago

      Great lens. I think people will learn how to write fairy tails.

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      hmrezaul123 4 years ago

      Great lens. I think people will learn how to write fairy tails.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Felicitas: Glad I helped a bit:) Thanks for your kind words!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @hmrezaul123: Hope they will!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @hmrezaul123: Certainly hope they will!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I still think I would have trouble writing one but this lens has sure helped me. Thank you

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @kabbalah lm: Hope I helped:)

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Although I have a difficult time with character development, I will try to write a fairy tale. Thanks, you have provided excellent tips and advice.

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      great lens, fantastic info!

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      great lens, fantastic info!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      I am going to give it a try. I have a little story in mind that I might work up. Just have to think it through.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @KandDMarketing: Thanks!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @KandDMarketing: Thanks again:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Grandma-Marilyn: Enjoy!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'll probably give it try - my family sagas are considered fairy tales, by some! ;-)

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      Kimberley Vico 4 years ago

      I sure will endeavor to! Great Lens... thank you!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      This is something I would like to do. Lovely lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @DrBillSmithWriter: Family issues are always great inspiration:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Kimberley Vico: Nice to hear that!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Good advice!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Jo-Jackson: Thanks!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @goldenrulecomics: I hope it helps a bit:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Perhaps. This would be fun to do with my kids. I guess we'll have to try one.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @DebW07: Sometimes development of the character is pretty easy. You can always use the characteristics of people you know and combine them with the goals you want to achieve. I hope I helped.:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Yes, do that. It's fun!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I've never tried to write a fairy tale, sounds like a lot of work. But would be fun to try!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LouisaDembul: It is not necessary a lot of work although sometimes you need to correct and correct and correct... But you are totally right on being fun:) Go for it!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great tips :P

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Bartukas: Hope they help!

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      I used to write short stories and fairy tales for my younger brother and sister when I was younger (second grade or so). Since then I have graduated to books.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @StrongMay: Maybe some day you'll be old enough to return to fairy tales;)

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      I have been meaning to! This is sooo helpful. I love the illustrations you used for your examples too.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @kathysart: So go for it!

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      You make it sound so easy but I know it's not. Good storytellers can set the scene by describing it to you. They don't say things like "tall tree" they say "the tree's limbs stretched up to the sky, higher than the birds fly". That style of writing takes practice but also a talent that not every writer possesses.

      Thank you for the inspiration and I'm definitely going to check out your other writings too.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @webscribbler: Well, it is my intention to sound easy, because I sincerely believe it can be easy. Of course there is no guarantee you will make a masterpiece every time (or at all), but writing is still more of a skill than anything else. Talent can surely help and people without any kind of storytelling talents probably don't even want to write stories. They probably have talents in other areas of life and that's just fine:)

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I think you may have misunderstood my post. It was meant to be a compliment to you. Reading it again, I'm not sure it turned out that way.

      I write primarily informational pieces. My dandelion lens that you so generously praised is a good example. There's not much room for poetic type writing in the pieces I usually write when conversions and keyword count are more important than writing to draw a picture, create suspense or tell a story. I tend to write tall tree. Getting more visual in my writing is one of the areas I hoped to use Squidoo to work on.

      I do plan on visiting more of your lenses as they provide the first useful information for aspiring writers that I have seen in a long time.

      I love the idea of encouraging people to try. Even if they write fairy tales that only their children will hear and love, they should give it a go. It could even be a family project that becomes a treasured heirloom.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @webscribbler: Thanks for your explanation. Although I understand the informational oriented writing doesn't have a lot of space for poetic elements, I believe all writers can add something special to any kind of writing. I was working as a sport journalist for several years and trust me - even a boring soccer game can be presented as exciting piece... I also 100 percent agree with you thoughts on writing for small circle of audience like family etc. The most important thing is to try.

      Thanks again for your kind visit!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tomo, I absolutely love your writing style! I have almost read everything yours since Zmaji so... I haven't written anything for fun for many many years now, but I am bookmarking this. As soon as I am done with writing a book for my work I'll give it a try. So glad I ran into this. Keep writing!!!!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: It's always a pleasure to get some feedback from the fans. Thanks for your support! Keep reading:)

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      Thank you for liking my Lens on online guitar lessons. Great Lens on how to write a fairy tale!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Arod17: Thanks!

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Arod17: Thank you!

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      This is a very interesting lens thanks for sharing this

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @gadifi lm: Thank you!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing..this is a lens to refer back to when I start my Fairy Tale!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LynetteBell: Please do:)

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      Great most sensitive lens... Thanks a lot for sharing

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      Dabdab 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens - thank you

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @yarfodg: Hope it helped a bit!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Dabdab: :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Dabdab: :)

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! You make it sound so easy. :O I'll definitely try it out when I get the time. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LaptopLeader: Drop me a note when you finish it:)

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Yes I already have few ideas to start, and this lens helped me a lot.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LauraCarExpert: Glad to hear that. Great idea is a great first step. Now you just have to make another step. It is simple. One step at the time.

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      jeskasight 4 years ago

      I have a series name and ideas planned out but need to put them together and get the first book done to get started. Thanks for all of the helpful tips:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @jeskasight: You just have to start. It gets easier from then on!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      now to start writing...

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Go for it!

      ;)

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank-you Tolovaj. I have a kids novel, half-written, that I think using some of your wonderful advice will help me to finish.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @KerryVor: I hope my tips help... If you persist, everything could be done, really!

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      You make it sound so simple, and I guess it would be (within reason) now that you have pointed out the things we have always taken for granted in reading a fairy tail.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      fairy tales are probably the hardest to write!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      fairy tales are probably the hardest to write! a squirrel party made me smile :)

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      All good advice thanks Tolovaj - I'm just thinking of writing a children's book so this has been a great help!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Judy Filarecki: It is simple to write a fairy tale. But I never said it is simple to make good fairy tale;)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Depends... I think the hardest is to write something short and meaningful. With fairy tales you have a lot of room where certain mistakes in structure are forgivable.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @MaryMitchell: Nice to hear that. Good luck!

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Great info and tips! I'm inspired to write and create a wonderful fairy-tale with my young sons as co-authors!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a writer myself but I have never quite written a fairytale. I am going to now thanks a lot for this! I shall practice it! It seems a lot of fun! But a question, how do you make an over-all message or theme for it?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @MissRubyStars: Go for it!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: I don't have a system for creating messages. sometimes something happens and I feel the message with such intensity to build a story around it without any planning. On other occasion I simply 'steal' a message from old story, like I presented in my step by step instructions bellow (example: Cricket and Ant by Esop) and make a story with original view, or twisted message, or completely new setting etc.

      I hope I answered your question. If not, give me more details...

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      kenweiss66 4 years ago

      This is a great lens for my daughter to read, since she has to write stories and fairy tales for school.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @kenweiss66: We all have to write stories through all our lives...

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      katespetcorner1 4 years ago

      Great lens, I really want to write a story for my niece, with her as the princess, for her birthday :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @katespetcorner1: Go for it!

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I loved your Lens! In my life I've been writing many things, but not stories for children. It sounds like a great and not so hard challenge. Children are great so it's very rewarding to write them a story! Thanks for this great short guide into story telling for our little ones!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @darkflowers: Great to hear that:)

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      This is really great information. I have never even written a short story myself, even though I tried many times. I start really great, move forward then get stuck somewhere and I drop it there unfinished. I usually struggle with finding a climax.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @VioletteRose LM: Maybe you should start with a climax and build a story from there? I sometimes start with an ending and write it backwards!

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      What a great lens! My wife illustrated a fairy tale for some friends. It just came out. Even though we are adults, she loves having me read them to her out loud. I do it with an English accent to add a touch of culture. Great fun.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @blestman lm: Indeed!

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      traveldestinations 3 years ago

      Thanks for the instructions. I have often thought about doing this.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @traveldestinations: I hope this helps a bit:)

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      Your writing is so entertaining, I smiled all the way through reading this - but you offer the wannabe storyteller a great deal of good practical advice in there, under the good humour. Well done - I'm bookmarking this one to come back and read again!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Not sure if I would ever write a fairy tale, but your lens is definitely a great resource. It's almost magical how you explain the basics and what makes a fairy tale great. Thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @flycatcherrr: Good to know that. Let's hope it will stay on-line;)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Coffee-Break: You are very kind. I hope you can use this inspiration for some other writing activity as well:)

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      Samsuryani 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Interesting lens! You make it sooo clear and look easy on how to write a tale. it's good that you highlight this here.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @cendana1: Thanks!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for these valuable tips! I must say that writing for young minds is a difficult task. But I'll try to write a tale someday.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Charito1962: Please do, it's fun!

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      Cecilia Karanja 3 years ago from Nairobi

      This is an awesome guide. Thank you for sharing

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Cesky: I hope you have found something useful:)

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